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Postcards From a Stranger Kindle Edition
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This book has all the ingredients for a really enjoyable read: it is well written, the plot keeps up the tension throughout, it was believable and it addressed a few issues along the way without being too obvious about it.
Cara is the first-person narrator who is caring for her aging father who has early onset Alzheimer’s. I felt immediately engaged with Cara and her situation and how she would manage. We discover how she came to her current circumstances through a series of chapters that look back in time from various points of view. Each chapter adds something to our understanding whilst frequently presenting fresh mysteries too.
Cara takes action and sets out on a literal voyage to track down her past. The changes in time and point of view are kept under control, so to speak, so the reader isn’t put off or lost to the plot by being unsure about the basic who, why, when and where. The mysteries and puzzles are set against a clear backdrop so that the reader’s energies are focused on the central theme. This skillful construction made it a book that was hard to put down. I was riveted.
I wanted to follow every twist and turn of the story to the end. Where does Cara’s brother, mother, father, aunt etc fit in? What did they know; what really happened? I don’t want to spoil such a good story by giving away too much of the plot so I’ll leave it at that. I would recommend it as a very good read.
great backdrop to the story. Cara , like Ilkley was changeable, at times brooding lonely and empty. At others bright and positive. I liked the slow pace and insights. The relationship with her father was complex and for me totally credible.
There were a few clever devices used, some which meant that the author did not have to explain how certain events came to be. Some were useful, but others left me wanting to know "how" and " why ".
The story of a family with its own history, trials and challenges, but one which develops a deep emotional connection from the reader. The journey through time and people weaves a complex path, but one that is ultimately unifying. It's an emotional meandering, much like life itself. The novel takes us through ups and downs, possibilities and disappointments, calling on us to reassess what we think we know about our own lives and how we engage with those we hold most dear.
Thought-evoking and expertly written, 'Postcards' is far more than a simple story. It invokes such feeling and emotion that, whilst hard to put down, causes the reader to pause and reflect for themselves.
What an amazing, emotional, powerful book this is. Wonderfully written, it was simply a pleasure to read that will make you smile, laugh & cry!
I found the plot intricate but not too confusing that it lost it's way, and was very happy with how the story turned out in the end, even though it was probably somewhat expected given the turn of events of the last 3-4 chapters.
I hope to read more of Imogen Clark's books after enjoying this one.
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Would definitely read more by this author.
A book up you can get lost in.