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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but safe and predictable, 6 Dec 2011
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For the right reader, this book would score 5 stars. It's a contemporary story about a doctor who sees images she believes are from a former life which in turn are distracting her from some terrible issues in her own personal life. It's very readable but I felt a little let down and confused about who the girl on the swing actually was by the end and whether she was a ghost, a vision or whatever.

On the positive side, I liked the fact that the characters were defined instantly (nothing worse than getting half way through a book and then having to turn back as you have forgotten who a person is). However, it felt to me that this was a short story which had been hugely padded out. Sometimes the long winded descriptions were too overdone and by the time the main characters vegetable patch was described in great detail, I was losing the will to live. If only the atmosphere in the prison scenes had been described as carefully as the former unnecessary blurb on the vegetable patch, the book would have certainly improved for me.

It is also a safe book, before the watershed, no swearing and no risqué behaviour, so it would be safe to give to your granny and she would probably enjoy it. For me, I like a book with more of an edge to it and this was far too predictable; the main character turning on the TV and seeing a celebrity being regressed, discussing reincarnation with her friends and them having just been discussing hypnosis with their daughter for childbirth, a convenient toothbrush in the handbag when unexpectedly staying out overnight, chocolate biscuits in the car when dropping in on a shaken elderly relative, husband handily at a conference when the prison visit is to be arranged....

As I said, not really for me, but I'm sure very enjoyable for the right reader.
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