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Dull, badly written, bogged down in its own research,
This review is from: The Very Thought of You (Paperback)
I was interested in the subject of this book - the experiences of evacuees during WW2 - but it seems that the author should perhaps have written a non-fiction book instead of a novel. She has no feel for fiction at all, no sense of what makes a plot tick along, no instinct when it comes to creating believable, three-dimensional characters, no flair for language. The facts and experiences of the book are interesting but as a 'novel' it completely falls apart. The dialogue is thick and clunking; there are far too many sentences like 'She was now eleven; a whole year had passed'; what motivates the protagonists is often opaque and rushed; there are far too many characters and Thomas doesn't do any of them justice. Best avoided.
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Initial post: 28 Nov 2010 09:55:35 GMT
Goth lady says:
Who's Thomas? This book is by Rosie Alison. Are you sure you read it?
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