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A bit dopey really,
This review is from: Precious Thing (Hardcover)
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The plot to this book unfolds in the form of a letter from Rachel to her best friend Clara, who has mysteriously disappeared after an arrangement to meet up with some old school friends in Brighton. Right from the outset I didn't understand why Clara's disappearance was given such high profile news coverage, or what the reason was for the bond between Clara and Rachel. These and many other things were a puzzle of the wrong kind despite all the descriptive prose which I found overblown. In fact the whole book is rather over-written, perhaps in an attempt to disguise the somewhat dopey plot.
There are some clever ideas to the storyline but they weren't good enough to carry it off. The relationships between Clara, Rachel and mother Niamh turn out to be ludicrous, especially the coincidences that tie them together.
Even though I was initially intrigued by some elements of the plot, I became more and more irritated by the characters. In fact, it was a relief to get to the end of the book. Even the final twist left me feeling annoyed rather than shocked.
Despite the hype don't bother with this one.