on 25 December 2009
I bought this book after reading The Sinner by the same author, which i'd give a 5* rating. I was dissapointed to find that of all her books, only these 2 so far as translated into english. I had very very high hopes for this book. The basic concept which the reader must accept at the start is that 2 women, completely unrelated look so uncannily alike, that one woman can step into the others 'shoes' and take over her life for brief periods. The imposter is coached by the woman whose life she takes over, its a willing transaction with benefits for each woman. The imposter is expected to fool the husband and friends of this lady. But I struggled through the entire book with this concept and thus the book was ruined for me. The book is very well written, i enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot. I warmed to the main characters. But throughout the book when the imposter is living the life of the 'other' character, i just felt that the author was expecting me to suspend a bit too much belief. For other readers this might not be an issue, but for me, it bugged me too much.
on 14 June 2010
I came to this book after enjoying The Sinner, by the same author. Overall, this is a slightly confused, messy book that never quite gets to where it wants to be. It begins with the reader needing to make a leap of faith - that two unconnected women look astonishingly alike. Assuming you can swallow that, it becomes a question of whether a man can fail to recognise his own wife.
The premise is simply too much for the book. Firstly, it requires endless repetition and detail about the two women switching places - the result is confused, overly-tight and robs passages of pace and impact. Secondly, it becomes ever-more implausible as it deepens. The plot becomes too unlikely to be sustainable.
Hammesfahr showed in The Sinner that she can write taut psychological crime dramas very well. Unfortunately, this time she began with a poor idea and was never able to overcome the disadvantage.
on 21 August 2013
Received in good time. The product was in good condition but, unfortunately, I did not enjoy the story very much; but that's ok, we can't all like the same books, as I know only too well being a writer, but it was well written and I passed it on.
on 2 February 2010
I bought this book and was really looking foward to reading it as the story line described, sounded great. Having trawled half way through, I finally gave up on it. From the beginning, it was slow and not a bit gripping. Un-necessary detail and a real slow story unfolded at a painful snail pace and for the first time ever, I couldnt finish this book.
To say that Im disappointed would be an under statement, I bought this authors second book at the same time and wont be attempting to read it!!!!