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Mermaid of Brooklyn
on 7 May 2013
I just did not "get" this book at all. Whilst the idea was a good one and original and I had been looking forward to reading it, the main character Jenny seemed to do nothing but whine, whine, whine and bitch, bitch, bitch for a great part of the book, so that to be honest I can really understand why her husband went out for cigarettes and didn't come home again. By the time the "main event" kicked in and the story moved on, I had really lost interest in Jenny completely. As a mother of two, 20 months apart, i know how hard it is as a new mother but instead of sympathising with her, I just wanted to slap some sense into her and remind her she had two little ones who needed their mother to get her act together.
Cutting out a lot of the constant complaining about everything and everyone, and cutting to the main chase sooner would have made it a much better read.