Customer Review

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets and lies, 7 Aug 2012
This review is from: The Other Half of Me (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I loved this book from the outset; the beautiful limpid writing style drew me in immediately and though the tone almost throughout is melancholy I was not really saddened but enthralled.
Certainly the plot is minimal: Jonathan and Theo grow up largely ignored by their mother on a vast and isolated estate in Wales until their grandmother, Eve, ex-American politician and hotel magnate, returns to change their lives for ever. Jonathan is under the spell of Eve from the start, dreamy Theo less so. As they grow they become aware of dark secrets in their family, which come to affect Theo in particular and she grows up in a round of parties, drink and drugs, unable to hold down a job or commit to anything. Jonathan loves her but she increasingly irritates him. He has his own way of coping with life, one night stands, hard work (he becomes a modernist architect) drinks and drugs, and, like Theo, he finds commitment impossible though he has been in love with a girl for years. The shadow of the family hangs over them all.
Secondary characters are good. Power-hungry Eve, fighting to keep her world as she wants it; Nick, Maria, Alicia, Felix: they all make their impression, but the story belongs to the brother and sister, each 'the other half of me'.
The story brought tears and made me feel very sad, and angry for Theo, but I would not have had it different. The characters felt right and I was right in there with them.
My only criticisms are that I thought the ending was possibly a bit forced and I found it hard to accept that American Eve, at least, would not have noticed or acted upon Theo's deteriorating condition.
Minor quibbles though and I very definitely look forward to more from this author.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.1 out of 5 stars (62 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (28)
4 star:
 (21)
3 star:
 (7)
2 star:
 (5)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
£14.99 £10.44
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: UK

Top Reviewer Ranking: 966