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3.0 out of 5 stars Life is a frail moth, 19 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The Behaviour Of Moths (Paperback)
This is rather a mixed review for rather a mixed book in my opinion.

What starts as a good premise, big old crumbling house, Bulburrow Court where one sister, Ginny has lived all her life, her younger sister, Vivien returns home after 47 years away but Ginny does not know why - and not even the reader can begin to understand. Always a sign of a good story for me, many twist and turn as we learn the background and the reasons. However there is more to this story, Ginny is a Lepidopterologist and has taken on the work of her father and the book goes into great (too great?) detail over the lives of Moths and all their functions. I found this rather boring, with only snippets of information that piqued my interest.

Ginny is a very mixed character, and her narrative of the whole story is such. We are taken around the house very descriptively, around the rooms, around the leopdtry bit and also around her parents and sister's lives through flashbacks, which the author handles very well. There is much that is left unanswered and makes you as reader think more, I think maybe compared to other reviews I have missed many points in the book. At times I felt no sympathy for Ginny, despite the fact she obviously has a problem but this never discussed and we can only guess as to what she has got. There were also times, where I completely understood exactly what and where she was coming from. Ginny dominates the book, as any good narrator should I suppose but in her dominance we lose the point of her sister having returned home.

However I will say for a first novel, it is very good and the author's scientific background and also her research have paid off with this novel. I would not be put off by reading her next one.
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