Top critical review
flawed book full of stock characters
on 17 October 2015
this starts slowly and does get a bit better as it goes on.
lthe big problem is that you believe that a bright sparky woman who has an excellent job and is a presumed relatively high earner is silly enough to embark on a affair with a married man and then not to ensure they are using failsafe conraceptive measures......
The resulting child is portryedvas super- bright for his age but is actually cloyingly sweet and unable to mix with his peer group no doubt due to the fact tat he spends all his time directing winning smiles to adoring adults.
rest of the cast include a very grumpy old man who reveals a heart of gold and an idealistic modern day ' mr chips' . bit part characters incude the older brother who is made to pay for his flash harry tendencies by first going bankrupt and the sloping foff down south to repent his ways.
and so it goes on with one stock character after another.
It is well enough written but there is a lack of heart which seems to indicate that the author is just manipulating pople and events for effect and doesn't believe in the story any more than we can,
this was my first Erica Jame and she is so popular that I think Iwill have to give her another go as, surely, she must have written better books thn this.