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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the story I was led to expect ..., 20 Sep 2013
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This review is from: The House We Grew Up In (Kindle Edition)
I have to say I found the reviews in the product description completely misleading - I have to wonder if the people who write these reviews sometimes don't actually read the book. This is not really a story about a happy family torn apart by an unexpected tragedy, it's really much more about how a family cope with having a mother who is a hoarder and how this escalates throughout her lifetime. The blurb makes it sound like a bit of a weepie but in fact it's quite an edgy look at a family most of whom are pretty dysfunctional with a rather disturbing undercurrent - it reminded me a little of a modern 'Bouquet of Barbed Wire' and none the worse for that!

It's interesting to speculate what it would be like to have a parent like the ones featured on telly in 'How clean is your home' and 'Britain's worst hoarder' and I think Jewell does a really good job in showing some family members enable Lorelei's obsession and how only one daughter sees the real issues involved. She has clearly done some research and gives the hoarder a chance to express the fears and insecurities the lie behind her obsession- but I'm afraid that I found it hard to sympathise and thought- just throw the stuff out or take it to Oxfam!

I did find this quite a page turner - the inherent fascination of the subject matter and the various twists and turns in the plot kept me reading but overall I didn't think it had quite the warmth of her earlier novels. Jewell's novels tend to focus on the importance of family connections - but this family was so broken that the feelgood ending didn't really work for me. Still a cracking good read, though maybe a little overpriced on kindle ...
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