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Not only that, Julia is convinced that she has lived before - not just once, but several times. And in one of those past lives may be the key to understanding the events that are befalling her now and avoiding the fate of her predecessor.
The Girl on the Swing is a difficult novel to categorize - perhaps the best description would be literary mystery, though it is also a psychological novel. It is beautifully written, with an engrossing storyline and vividly drawn characters. The protagonist, Julia, is a complex but engaging individual. As a male reader, one of the things I found most intriguing about Julia was her attitude towards her remote and unsupportive husband. I found myself wondering several times how their relationship could ever have worked, and why indeed she felt the marriage was worth saving.
I was torn between giving this book four and five stars. It is not perfect. I noticed the occasional error/typo, and I felt that the ending, with revelation piled on revelation, was perhaps a little rushed. On the other hand, I note that The Girl on the Swing has been self-published by the author on a shoestring budget. Viewed in this light it is a remarkable achievement, and so I am giving it the full five.
I shall be surprised if The Girl on the Swing is not taken up by a mainstream publisher soon. In that case, I am hoping that my 'first edition' will become a valuable collector's item!
I picked this book up after just getting my kindle for Christmas as I wanted something reasonable but that also sounded like something I would enjoy. The girl on the swing was that book, it sounded much different from most books and at a cheap price to boot, so I bought it and what a great book it was. This book has absolutely everything that I wanted in a book which would keep me reading. A bit of romance, a lot of mystery/intrigue (not striaghtforward subject matter) and action.
The story centers around Julia who believes she has lived before, currently going through a difficult time through marital problems, the death of her son and an ensuing legal case against her, she seeks refuge in these past lives of hers that she sees through visions and then later, through regression. The characters are all fully developed, and I found Julia to be an extremely likeable character who managed to gain my sympathy for the hard hand that she had been dealt at in life.
The writing of the book was not juvenile in any sense which I would expect from most authors writing their debut novel, this was impressive and captured my attention as effectively as though Ms Cooper had been a well seasoned pro at writing books and this definitely didn't show as being a first novel.Read more ›
The main story, however, is set very much in the present as Julia tries, on a daily basis, to confront what seems to her a pointless existence, with the recent loss of her son, an impending lawsuit for medical malpractice and a marriage that is growing colder and more distant by the day. What makes this character work for me is that there is real psychological depth as she seems, to me at least, to conform to a certain 'type' who responds to situations exactly as you would expect her to respond. The character is convincing and even recognisable as someone whom I am sure most of us have met in the course of our lives. She is overwhelmed with grief and anger and, in despair, she turns away from her partner and her friends and seeks to make sense of her world in an unconventional way. And who can blame her?
I mentioned in the title of this review that the book is informative and indeed it is - the writer seems to have many interests just as Julia herself does. She touches on areas as diverse as archaeology, psychology and medicine as well as, of course, reincarnation. Ms Cooper writes with conviction, pace and sensitivity and I look forward to reading her forthcoming new book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Carried me along with the characters and their lives. Very easy to visualise their settings and be there with them.Published 2 months ago by wildrose
Julia Spencer is enchanted by a child on a swing through a knothole in a fence. In spite of it being winter, the garden Julia sees is in the full bloom of summer. Read morePublished 13 months ago by The Bub
I loved reading this book it was well written and a great story . I couldn't put it down
One of the few books lately that l haven't been able to put down! Seems a bit far fetched,but it draws you in page by pagePublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by jeannie
Very enjoyable book - even stayed up late to finish it. I thought it was beautifully written and had a really interesting plot line, not at all spooky despite its past lives theme. Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2012 by Justine M Dunn
This book was recommended to me by my sister and she got my taste spot on..... loved this well written story, totally felt the pain of the main character and was fascinated by her... Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2012 by HelenJulie
A well written novel that shuttles back and forward in time, weaving through the lives of many people. Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2012 by Mark Carew
I bought this book after stumbling across comments from the author on one of the Amazon forums and enjoyed it enough to have just ordered her second novel, Cave. Read morePublished on 26 April 2012 by lmhh
I really enjoyed this book. There are so many books that I read nowadays that seem to follow a set formula and you can pretty much guess where it's going once you are a few pages... Read morePublished on 19 April 2012 by Amazon Customer