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A highly accomplished first novel,
This review is from: The Girl on the Swing (Paperback)
Julia Spencer has more than her fair share of troubles. Her son has died from a suspected drugs overdose. Her marriage is heading for the rocks. And she has been suspended from her job as a hospital doctor over a malpractice allegation.
Not only that, Julia is convinced that she has lived before - not just once, but several times. And in one of those past lives may be the key to understanding the events that are befalling her now and avoiding the fate of her predecessor.
The Girl on the Swing is a difficult novel to categorize - perhaps the best description would be literary mystery, though it is also a psychological novel. It is beautifully written, with an engrossing storyline and vividly drawn characters. The protagonist, Julia, is a complex but engaging individual. As a male reader, one of the things I found most intriguing about Julia was her attitude towards her remote and unsupportive husband. I found myself wondering several times how their relationship could ever have worked, and why indeed she felt the marriage was worth saving.
I was torn between giving this book four and five stars. It is not perfect. I noticed the occasional error/typo, and I felt that the ending, with revelation piled on revelation, was perhaps a little rushed. On the other hand, I note that The Girl on the Swing has been self-published by the author on a shoestring budget. Viewed in this light it is a remarkable achievement, and so I am giving it the full five.
I shall be surprised if The Girl on the Swing is not taken up by a mainstream publisher soon. In that case, I am hoping that my 'first edition' will become a valuable collector's item!
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Initial post: 18 Oct 2011 23:14:15 BDT
WOW, I cant wait to get my teeth into this one, judging by Mr.N.Daws comments it will be right up my street !
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