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Superb writing, unlikely story,
This review is from: A Spell of Winter (Paperback)
Brother and sister fall in love and take things a bit too far. I'm not convinced it would happen, even under the unusual circumstances found in this novel. The author handles the potentially distasteful subject matter very well however, and although the story might be a bit unlikely, the writing is brilliant. I hadn't read any Helen Dunmore before and was surprised to find a British novelist who could write as well as some of the best American writers (she reminds me of Marilynne Robinson). Dunmore's depiction of winter scenes here are hauntingly beautiful and the standard is kept up throughout the book, making the plot seem almost irrelevant. Which is probably just as well, as it all seems a bit unlikely: I kept reading because it was so very readable, and I suppose I did want to see where it was all leading. Actually it doesn't lead anywhere very satisfying; I thought the end was rather a let down; I got the impression that the author wasn't quite sure at which point to finish the story.