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Poor writing, no story, horrid characters.
on 25 July 2012
What a waste of time!
This was recommended as similar to the books I normally read (by Amazon) and I was swayed by the positive reviews. I cannot believe they are of the same novel; were they all written by the author's friends I wonder? The plot does not appear to exist. The story begins with an accident and the novel is based on the aftermath of this and how the characters deal with their tragedy and each other. I absolutely hated both of the main characters; Kit a spoiled, selfish man who, it appears, has never fully taken any responsibility for living as an independent adult in the real world, and Alice, a parody of female crises, a selfish, self-absorbed, self centred pathetic wimp. As constructs, I did not find them believable and I wonder just how many people there are who live like this; not needing a job, able to move around at the drop of a hat, a multi million pound house in London, no rent or bills to pay, taking drugs, no problem with having to move etc. I did not connect with either of them because the writing was not emotive, and did not endear me to their plight. They were flat and one dimensional and with no definitive ending and they did not grow or mature as characters. A pity, as I feel this was what the author was trying to do, but they were so devoid of any real emotion they appeared like automatons. I found the ending empty and unfulfilling. Some positives were the characters of Emmy and Jory, who at least seemed real, but the best scene (on the beach) was too short and these characters had more life in them in this short scene than Kit and Alice in the whole book.
Not intending to read any others by this author.