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3.0 out of 5 stars OK for a first novel (if that is what i is), 13 Mar 2012
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The plot is decent enough and the writing is quite good, but at almost all points it lacks that extra something that puts a writer in the class of, for example, Susan Hill or Rose Tremain. What is that something? Difficult to explain, but it involves a depth of character and a depth of descriptive writing that holds you with every sentence. This book, though completely sincere and decent, is just a little too bland in the writing. Consequently the story-telling is not as gripping as the excellent plot requires. In addition (or 'plus', in the horrid modern vernacular) the vitally important character of the spiv in the later stages of the book is no more than cardboard, and his death is unconvincing. On the other hand, the writer handles very well the 'illness' sequences, both that of Grace and that of the narrator herself. So I give it about 6.5 out of 10, or 7 if I am feeling generous to a first novel (if that is what it is).
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