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2.0 out of 5 stars Baffling - was I missing some pages?, 24 May 2011
This review is from: The Distance Between Us (Paperback)
I just finished this book and ended up wondering whether I was missing some pages, there were so many loose ends left untied. For example:
- Caroline's family and the hidden jewellery;
- The little boy (bully) who died. What was the fall-out from that? What did they say? What had Stella gone back there to achieve?
- Jake's father. What happened to him?

I felt strangely dissatisfied, having invested in those storylines but then left not knowing. I'd rather they hadn't been there at all to tease me. Did the editor strip out some storylines that were previously there in order to make the book shorter or something?

As for the disjointed way that the narrative was told (switching both between storylines, and timelines, with no apparent logic whatsoever) I commend my brain for being able to keep up with them, but it was a very frustrating way to read a story. Certainly not a clever device (and I can only assume that is what the author intended it to be). Frankly I just felt as though the author had written her narrative, thrown all the pages up in the air, and the book got published in the order in which she collected them together again.

Such a shame, because I was quite gripped by the story - I just felt so disappointed to be left hanging at the end.
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Initial post: 24 Jan 2013 14:06:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jan 2013 14:06:48 GMT
E. Banks says:
Very accurate review. I felt exactly the same about this book which is a shame as I love Maggie O'Farrell, 'After You'd Gone' and 'The Hand that first Held Mine' are some of the best books I have ever read. This one just didn't engage me at all and I couldn't relate to the characters. Also agree that there were far too many lose ends that were not explained - especially in regards to Jake's Father and the little boy who died ! Dissapointing.
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