A slow burner, but worth it.,
This review is from: Mistaken (Hardcover)
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Mistaken started slowly and, for the first hundred pages or so, I wondered if I was going to like it. I'm glad I persevered because I did. Mistaken is no thrilling page turner, but rather a slow burning portrait of Dublin in the sixties through the eyes of a child that grew up there. As such, the characters and descriptions of Dublin are well done and very evocative.
It is an interesting tale of two children, Kevin and Gerald, often mistaken for each other, that grow up on opposite sides of the tracks. The story is being told by Kevin, to the daughter of the other whom he meets at Gerald's funeral. This leads to some interesting prose, some of which I found confusing, especially in some of the long dialogue where I tended to lose track of who was saying what. Maybe that's just me.
Once I'd got past the initial chapters, I found the book hard to put down as I got more involved in Kevin's life, his relationship with Gerald, his own father and Gerald's daughter. The turning point in the story was quite a shock and I finished the book wondering where it would go from there.
I'm glad I read it.