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This review is from: A Reliable Wife (Paperback)
I loved this book. I found it deeply moving as well as a real page turner. The book focuses on characters who have made terrible mistakes that cannot be undone. Horrible things have been done to them and they have done horrible things to other people. I suppose that describes what happens to most of us, to a greater or lesser degree. I came to care very much for the three main characters, particularly Catherine and Ralph.
My favourite thing about the book was the beautiful descriptive language. It was incredibly evocative and passionate. Yes, the narrative is rather overwrought in places - but I believe the author was deliberately playing up this side of things and it worked perfectly for me. It created an atmosphere that was claustrophobic and sensual. It reminded me of how I felt when I read "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier: tense and edgy and desperate to turn the next page. The author certainly knows how to describe desire, obsession, guilt and suffering. The immense wealth of Ralph and his family was also brilliantly described. I felt like I was living through everything with the main characters, feeling their pain and sharing their fragile hopes. I also found the ending very satisfying and have re-read it a few times already.