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I don't get it,
This review is from: The Heart Broke In (Hardcover)
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Newspaper reviews for this novel have included quotes such as "Dickensian characters" and "Dostoevskyan intensity".
So I had high hopes.
I disliked the main character immediately, as the reader is supposed to, a nasty, sleazy ex-rock star Richie, who currently a TV presenter with a thing for under age girls. Gross.
His sister Bec is the "good" sibling. She's a scientist trying to find an immunisation programme for Malaria, but she has made a dangerous enemy and that person wants revenge via Ritchie. As the novel proceeds her actions become more complex, is anybody just all good or all bad?
She does something that might be morally bad, but she does it for a "good" reason. Perhaps? She's not sure and I don't care.
I found Meek's writing too brief, and slick. I wanted the writing to be more detailed, the characters more complex , more rounded out.
I couldn't believe enough in the charters and I became annoyed and frustrated.
I didn't like the people, I didn't care about them and the writing left too many plot holes. I kept wondering if I had missed something, perhaps left a page out.
In the end I just didn't really want to read the book. it feels like a waste of my time. I write this certain that another person will love it to bits. It's all a matter of taste and this book and the author's writing are not mine.
I think it is too clever, too shallow and misses out the heart of people and the real life that goes on. I just can't find it in this book.