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on 27 April 2004
This very strange book kept me totally involved. It is not immediatelyclear what the central theme is, whether it is a thriller, a love story ora ghost story, even whether the eponymous main character is real or not. In its description of the murder with which it opens and the consequentbuchery, as in that of the nineteenth-century amputation, it is shockingand stomach-turning; one feels almost like vomitting with Laura herself. As an expression of the sorrow caused by the loss of a child, thedesperation of trying to find a way of living without that child, and theobsessive search for him, it is both convincing and very moving. Thecharacters are vibrant and well-drawn, with enough detail to bring them tolife on the page. I found the end puzzling, and need to think about itstill - to say more would be to spoil the book for new readers.
There are a couple of linguistic anachronisms,I think. The word "grotty"and the phrase "fun time", for instance, jarred on me - they didn't seemto fit the period. But the fast-moving, straightforward, almostjournalistic, style suited the breakneck speed of the story, in which the"action", as in Greek tragedy, took place in a twenty-four hour period,even though the events leading to it and surrounding it covered a muchwider time-scale. This is the first novel I have read by Julie Myersonand I shall be interested to read others.