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This review is from: Mourning Ruby (Paperback)
This is my first Helen Dunmore and I have to say it will be my last. I can't recall a more depressing and dull book.
OK, so the subject matter - a couple trying to come to terms with the death of their daughter - is hardly cheery, but this disjointed and futile novel seems to be neither redemptive or rewarding.
The story doesn't know what it wants to be - a mystery - who were Rebecca's parents? A love story? If so, why is her relationship with her friend more interesting than that of her husband? A historic biography - Stalin's wife? An offshoot story of a struggling circus family? A novel within a novel - a hamfisted attempt at cross between First Light and Birdsong?
If only Dunmore had decided what she wanted to write about, and fleshed any of these stories, she may have written something with some substance. As it is, it reads like an author's plot notebook for future novels.