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21 November 2018
I flagged this author after her brilliant first novel “Postcards”, which I read last year, started following her on social media, and couldn’t wait for this next novel to come out.
How disappointed am I! While her first novel was a triumph, beautifully and engagingly written, with wonderful character betrayals, this second novel honestly feels like it’s been written by a different author, more in the light holiday novella style, and I am struggling to keep reading. The language is very basic and seems like it’s aimed at younger readers, there is no literary style to it, and the characters are not in any way lifelike or endearing.
Mostly it is boring! Endless details of daily life, dialogue, dialogue, dialogue! I wonder if the author churned it out too fast, basking in the success of the first novel - which was truly great – please take the time to continue in your earlier style, and not pad out the book with trivial details just to get more pages.