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4.0 out of 5 stars Touching, intriguing, and at the end, a bit annoying, 11 Jan 2011
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This book is a genuine page-turner and I read it over the space of two or three days on a business trip. The premise is different and the concept of somone looking into the events of a sibling's life with real scrutiny is a good one.

I liked both Beatrice and Tess and although their characters were exaggeratedly different, those differences were important and worthwhile to the plot.

It is hard to say too much about the book without giving things away, but I would say that I found it unusually touching for what was essentially a thriller and have to admit to shedding a tear more than once in different parts of the book.

Unfortunately I did find myself questioning cetrain parts where timings seemed inconsistent or Beatrice's perception of other people seemed to be far too asstute for someone who was obviously so emotionally stunted.

I also disliked the ending and the new slant this is supposed to give us on the whole book. I have thought about this a good deal since finishing the book and just can't make sense of it. The cynic in me thinks that the editor may have found the original version too like a simplistic screenplay and convinced the debut novellist to invent a more interesting, but to my mind, unecessary and unconvincing twist with which to end. I think the Q & A at the end of the book hints at this when the author says " I think you have to know what's important to you about your book, but also take it on the chin what has to be re-written, however drastically..."

So, how about an author's version of the novel with the ending you wanted Rosamund?
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