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Top Customer Reviews
Much of the humour comes from (for me at least) the strongest character in the book - the David Brent of the South West - Guy Wise. The relationship (friendship?) between Guy and Jamie feels real and complex, just like a real working relationship between people with different views on life.
One of the best aspects of the book was the inclusion of mock articles from the newspaper where Jamie works. This was a neat trick that livened up the flow of the story.
Overall a well crafted novel with some excellent observations on working life, relationships, family and friends.
A novel set in Cornwall, in a pretty town surrounded by lovely countryside, could have been whimsical and sickly sweet, but Katharine Smith imbues her characters with a convincing reality. Any of them could be someone we all know, from the sexist, clueless boss to the monstrous career woman, the best friend with an ill-advised love life and the earnest youth worker. The story weaves through the tumultuous events of one year in Jamie's life with a light, deft touch, bringing colour to all the scenes Jamie finds herself in.
I immediately loved Jamie and wished her well. She could be anyone's daughter, niece or friend, not outstandingly beautiful or wildly clever, especially in her life choices and what comes out of her mouth at times, but she's real. I seriously couldn't put it down and would recommend it to anyone to doesn't like chick lit, but wants a great story.
The characters were well formed and realistic. Jamie's boss, Guy, is like an amalgam of many of my own past bosses. Jamie recognises everyday sexism but copes in a mature way. The twists in the tale kept my attention, though more could have been made of Dave's story. I found myself with lots of questions about him.
Excellent first book. I would recommend it.
Looking forward to her next novel.
When she can’t get in touch with Dave, Jamie starts to worry. He would have been travelling to his meetings by tube at around the time of the bombings. Eventually the police call to say there is a man in hospital, badly injured, who was carrying Dave’s wallet. This turns out to be a false lead, however, and Jamie struggles to cope as the months go by and Dave is still missing.
Alongside the main mystery of what has happened to Dave, there run other strands dealing with sexism, newspaper closures, animal rights and the tensions of friendship. All these aspects are well handled, competently written and make for an interesting read.
Though I ultimately enjoyed this novel and would certainly recommend it as an intriguing read, I was almost put off at the beginning by what seemed to me to be too much personal detail before the story got started. I began to think it was an autobiography as it has a very chatty style and not much appeared to be happening other than the thoughts and opinions of the narrator. I felt that most of the first chapter and a lot of the second could have been omitted. I’m glad I stuck with it though, as it was worthwhile in the end.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've just spent a great few hours in the company of some delightful characters. I'd only planned on reading a few chapters this afternoon, but once I started, I had to follow the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by mememcd
I was rooting for the main character, Jamie, on every page. I felt her pain and anger as events unfolded one after another, starting with mourning a badger road kill. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Gina
Not an author I've come across before but I enjoyed her book. An easy read but sometimes in life that's what's called for.Published 18 months ago by Barbara Woodall
I enjoyed this a great deal - knowing Cornwall so well. Is such a great debut novel and a page turnerPublished 19 months ago by Josie Goodbody
Great read- a page turner especially those who remember where they were and what they were doing on 07/07 !Published 21 months ago by vikki w
I'm afraid I found myself skipping paragraphs as Jamie bemoaned her lot in predictable circles, like a journalist padding out pages. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mr M J Clarke
Definitely would recommend reading this book. Very good story and bringing in the bombings of London brought authenticity to story. Read morePublished 24 months ago by JT123
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