The Other Half of Me Hardcover – 24 May 2012
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'Dark, addictive and a stunning debut' (Cosmopolitan)
'Gorgeously written' (Heat)
'An accomplished novel... McCarthy's exquisite storytelling points to a promising literary career' (Edinburgh Evening News )
'Bath-time reading sorted with Morgan McCarthy's pageturner' (Sunday Times)
'A beautiful, brooding novel... Darkly lush, filled with an irresistibly sad glamour, this is a memorable debut' (Kirkus)
Beautifully written, evocative, suspensful, and shot through with a delicious thread of menace, THE OTHER HALF OF ME is an incredibly exciting debutSee all Product description
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The children's days follow the same pattern until their Grandmother Eve a renowned business woman arrives. She instantly takes Jonathan and Theo under her wing and tells them many stories about their family and family home. As the children grow older they start to question the truth behind what they have been told and as time goes on different and more sinister truths about their past emerge.
Morgan McCarthy has a beautiful writing style and her descriptive prose is elegant and evocative. Although 'The Other Half of Me' is not particularly fast paced it's slow burn style has a darkly sinister undertone.
A darkly Gothic debut and a literary masterpiece, 'The Other Half of Me' by Morgan McCarthy is a thoroughly enjoyable read, even more so as Carmarthen and its surrounding areas where the story is based is near where I live with my family.
It is beautifully written & very descriptive so you can really imagine the big house or the beach. The characters are well defined & built up & you grow to know them. I adored Theo. The book has a bit of a haunting feel & is quite sad in places but overall it's pretty wonderful.
I had mostly guessed what the secrets were but that didn't really take anything away from the book. I'd recommend this & look forward to seeing where this new authour goes next.
"This was the sort of book that, once you've finished, you wish you could read for the first time again. I loved this book. I thought it was very well written, and also a page turner/late night reader (there are not many books you can say that about).
The main characters were Jonathan and Theo, brother and sister, their mother and grandmother and the interaction and history between them all. I am not going to give you any plot giveaways, as I want you to enjoy the book without knowing what is to come. It shows how a boy living in a household full of women with no, or very little, male influence can turn out into a type of man that I am not sure I would like to know. Having said that, the book is so full of wonderful images and thoughts which have slightly changed my outlook on life, and in my opinion any book that can do that is worth reading. The power of the written word can influence men without them realising it."
One day Alicia (the children only ever call her by her name, never Mum or Mummy) is taken away in an ambulance and the children are left alone in the care of Miss Black, the nanny whom they despise, and Mrs Edwards, the colourful, but not particulalry efficient, cook. They are not told what has happened to their mother, or what will become of them, but eventually Eve, their wealthy grandmother, arrives from America and it becomes clear she is there to stay; Jonathan's and Theo's lives will never be the same. Alicia returns from her drying out spell but it is Eve who transforms the house into its former glory and insists on a more formal education for the children.
As Jonathan and Theo grow older, Eve's story about their missing father begins to sound more doubtful; as it begins to unravel tensions develop within their small circle.
The book moves effortlessly from one timeline to another, the writing, crisp and clear, evoking the atmosphere of the period, whether it be the 1988 or 2008. It is so beautifully descriptive but never over done, the characters so well drawn and believable, and the narrative flows so well....I had my nose stuck in this book for two days as I devoured every word. I honestly cannot fault this book.
This author knows how to write; I hope there is more from her in the future.
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