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Very let down by the ending
on 22 July 2011
I was enjoying this book to a moderate degree until I reached the end, at which point I felt that the author just did not know where to take the story and had therefore resorted to a weak and disappointing denouement, leaving so many things unresolved. The book is a reasonably good read, and the fact that I read it in about a day does demonstrate that it had the ability to pull the reader in and make them care what happened. Knowing this area of the Lake District probably helped to keep me involved and the descriptions here brought the setting to life very well.
It took me quite a while to warm to Jo, the main character, and it seemed that as soon as I had developed a good degree of empathy for her my legs were metaphorically kicked from under me by the unsatisfactory ending. I don't think this should deter anyone from reading the book but you will be wanting to write your own alternative ending I think!
Finally, as other reviewers have mentioned, this is a far cry from a psychological thriller so do not be misled by this categorisation.