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- Print Length: 186 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1978078986
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- Language: English
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The Inheritance is an engrossing tale of family tensions, sibling rivalry and the fragile nature of people's hopes and dreams. The story concerns the experiences of Kate and Emma, two very different people who happen to be sisters. The author captures well the threads which bind them together, threads which they both want to cut but are unable to.
The characterisation of the two sisters is very effective and done with a light touch. We are given sharp insights into their minds and views. It is a tribute to the author that I found myself veering in sympathy for first one sister and then the other. I could see both their points of view, and be equally supportive and exasperated by them.
I was less sure about the sub-plot concerning Kate's boy-friend. It was entertaining but not as much as the central plot concerning the two sisters and their inheritance.
Elaine Jeremiah's style is fluent and assured. The story is fast-paced and an easy, enjoyable read. She handles the time-span and different locations with an assurance you rarely find in first novels. I was particularly impressed by the way in which Emma's difficulties unfolded in such a relentless yet plausible manner. Yet, although I thought she deserved everything that happened to her I was sympathetic to her plight. Who wouldn't be when she had such awful friends?
I have read many first novels over the years. The Inheritance shows Elaine Jeremiah has a great deal of talent and I look forward to reading more of her work.
I found The Inheritance to be very compelling reading, a modernised take on the story of the prodigal son, with one or two departures. It was well written with believable characters who the author developed well as the story progressed . I kept wondering what was going to happen and how she would bring things to a resolution.
I think that in the end I was mildly disappointed because the conclusion seemed a bit 'easy' and perhaps just a little undeveloped, leading to a feeling of anticlimax. However this is a minor weakness in what was otherwise an exciting and compelling read.
An excellent first novel and I'm glad I took my friend's advice and downloaded it. I look forward to reading more of Elaine Jeremiah' s work in the future.
Ok, one more thing. Do farms have 'hired hands' nowadays? I think they would be called 'casual labour' or 'Summer fruit pickers'.
But these are very small niggles, about an otherwise enjoyable book. I look forward to reading Elaine Jeremiah's next novel.
Elaine is a great storyteller and it was a really enjoyable read. I found it hard to put down (and felt sad when I'd finished it!)
In short, a great first novel and well worth a read. I look forward to reading Elaine's next novel.
There are also moments when the writing works beautifully and you are really drawn in. However, there were also times when the writing was clunky and awkward and when the plot didn’t quite ring true. I won’t go into too much detail for fear of spoilers, but the mystery surrounding Steven just didn’t seem believable and was wrapped up far too neatly. Also, the way some of the characters spoke, particularly when discussing London, seemed unrealistic. I was also unconvinced by some of the side characters. Would a man on a train really tell you all his personal business after sharing five minutes conversation?
Having said that, this book has great potential. There are just a few things that I felt needed a bit more work to make this the great story that it really could be.
3 out of 5 stars.
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