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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and bland, 16 Jun 2011
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I am amazed by the number of 4 and 5 star review for this book, that in actual fact led me into buying it. Are there really so many people who are impressed by a book with very little plot and no likeable characters? Seems very bizarre to me!
It's not all bad, it was easy enough to read, but I was always waiting for something to happen, and nothing much ever really does. Towards the end we find out what it is that Nora has been keeping secret for so many years but somehow nothing much is made of it. Can't say a lot more as I don't want to give anything away, but it happens and that's it, no real angle to it, just the bare fact of what is done and then the book moves on.
I don't think it helped that I didn't really like anyone in it either. Nora (the main character) is now an old lady with a secret, she tells the story, alternating chapters between the past when she was evacuated as a child in the war and the present. She is not a particularly nice person, I didn't like the way she treated her mother, Grace, her friend, is ok but the author never really develops her personality, nor does she with any of the others.
All in all I was very disappointed in this book, having seen so many good reviews I expected it to be a cracker but it was a bit of a letdown. If you like your books with no story and weak characters though, you may enjoy it!
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