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Another classic from Maggie O,
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This review is from: The Hand That First Held Mine (Hardcover)
Like others here, I've read all Maggie O'Farrell's books ever since that first, emotions-torn-apart, hook of After You'd Gone. Like others too, the more she writes, the more apprehensive I get when I open the shiny new cover that this one won't live up to expectations (terribly glass half empty, I know!).
But fret not! It only took the first paragraph and I was settling in for a three day read of hours in the evening and sneaky snatched pages during the days. This has all the old Maggie O'Farrell style (mesmerising description which pulls you right into the people and their environment, superb characterisation and a tangled plot which is so involved yet easy to follow) but in a completely different setting (two lives: present day and fifty years earlier). You know the plots will come together and I liked the mix of half guessing certain outcomes and being way off with others.
Typically Maggie O'Farrell there's amusement and heartache but without giving anything away, this book will suck you into Ted and Lexie's lives and resistance will be futile.