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4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling book from a talented new author, 27 April 2007
This review is from: Tenderwire (Paperback)
What a relief to read a book by a young female Irish author that cannot be classified under the dreaded CHICK-LIT heading! No shopping, chardonnay or missives from beyond the grave. Instead Claire Kilroy, who has been justifiably compared with Patricia Highsmith, has written a compelling and edgy book with a quirky antihero in the form of violinist Eva Tyne. Eva is quite ruthless and thoroughly disreputable in her pursuit of perfection. She is as highly strung as her violin, can be vain and foolish and exhibits a persistent inability to behave appropriately. Her decisions are freewheeling and driven by instinct and emotion and her life is caught up in constant confusion and paranoia. Yet this is behaviour that is perhaps forgivable in a violin virtuoso and undoubted genius, and her flashes of vulnerability are endearing. This is a compelling and extremely accessible story that twists and turns until the last page. Lyrically written and backed up by evidence of thorough research there is nothing lazy or hackneyed about Kilroy's style and I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
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