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Trite Tudor novelette
7 May 2012
Oh dear...I wanted to like this because Alison Weir is a fine writer...in her own field. But did I read the same book as all these rave reviews?
Yes, this is well researched and yes,it is a quick read ( albeit the pages turned in boredom by, yes, the end when it should have been gripping but wasn't, I was ready for her head to go) and so I give it 3 stars. But for this pedigree of writer with all the editorial backing she has, well, if you can't get 4 there is something wrong. What were her editors thinking of?
What's wrong is the 'oh, we can all do fiction' style of writing. There are simply too many points of view to engage. Sadly, I began to laugh at the sad end when even the axeman gets his own POV...please. And worst of all, every single POV is in the 'oh so easy' first person and 5 year old girl, hoary 50 year old man, middle aged women, each and every one sounds EXACTLY the same. EXACTLy. And the bounds of reality are stretched by a 5 year old who thinks like an adult and by a mother who was wicked all the book through and suddenly gets niceness.
This writer can do better. If she'd stuck to two POVs at most and altered the first person this would be a good book - not a mediocre one. SAD.