3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good idea, but some poor characterisations.,
This review is from: Heart-shaped Bruise (Hardcover)
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Tanya Byrne's writing is interesting and compelling, unfortunately though her character ideas have not been adequately researched. I found her naive description of mental health problems disappointing and some will find it offensive.
The lead character Emily Koll is spoiled romantic. She studies the world in detail, is rebellious but weak. This nature is very well written. The plot is slowly uncovered and with Emily being so unstable, you are never sure what will happen next.
I was pleased at the elements of humour in this novel. Any writer that can surprise you with a laugh will go far.
The chapters are very short which will appeal to young readers and others that read in short intervals.
Overall this is a book which will appeal much more to a younger readership than to mature readers. Tanya Byrne is clearly a writer with a lot of potential but for me this debut novel is a marginal miss.