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1.0 out of 5 stars Trite and boring, 15 Nov. 2006
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I bought this book after having thoroughly enjoyed Giles's two other offerings (Birthday Girls & Charlotte Small)........and sadly I was very disappointed. The action takes place in a supposedly upmarket holiday retreat on an unspecified european island, yet the pained dialogue limps and meanders meaninglessly, much of it reading like a VERY bad script from a "Hi De Hi" type television series.

Nothing convinced.............the holiday accommodation was badly drawn and could never quite make up it's mind if it was an upper class hotel with all facilities or a Bargain Butlins Break Skeggy-style!

The characters were all 2 dimensional stereotypes and all as dull as ditchwater. I kept hoping that things would get better in Part 2 of the book (when due to a bizarre and totally unbelievable series of events the happy campers end up marooned in the resort). Great, I thought, now all these cardboard people will bloom and develop along with the plot...........didn't happen..........everyone carried on having dull, trite conversations with their dull, trite lovers/mothers/brother/friends right down to the very last page.

I felt this was a book ground out through gritted teeth simply to meet a publishers contract and deadline - normally Giles writes with her own authentic voice, but that voice was missing in this one.

I have a sanctity thing about books - always choosing to keep them for repeat reading or sharing good books with friends and acquaintances (we live in France so English language books are a luxury) but this one is going on the bonfire, I wouldn't re-read it myself and wouldn't insult any one I know by lending it to them!
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