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Not a good starting point for this writers work.,
This review is from: Shadow Child (Hardcover)
It is difficult to say that you have 'enjoyed' a novel when the subject matter is so painful and especially when as a follower of a particular author you may be aware of events in their personal life. Shadow Child follows the lives of a couple in the aftermath of their twenty one year old son's sudden and tragic death.
The first part of the novel is in places sometimes painful to read, a grim account of grief's darkest hours, only someone who has suffered a bereavement could write with such honesty, clarity and insight I think. The plot moves more quickly during the second part of the novel but I have to say I found the events and characters during the second part of the book somewhat contrived and unbelievable, although I was still turning the pages and waiting for the resolution.
The characters seemed to fall into two camps, the believable Tom, Marion, Sam and Sarah and the sometimes cliched lesbian characters who take more of a pivotal role in the plot later on. I have read every novel Libby Purves has written and this for me was not one of the better ones.
If you are already a fan of hers then I think it is worth reading, if however you are approaching this writer for the first time I would recommend Love Songs and Lies as a better starting point. All the same I give this book five stars because in places the prose is exquisite, it was a book that made me think and I polished it off over a couple of evenings.