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Not a thriller but a family relationships drama
on 3 July 2015
Ninepins certainly has an air of mystery and tension throughout, although the ending left me with an anticlimactic feeling of "is that it"? Set in the Fens it is told from the point of view of Laura, a thirty something divorcee with a daughter who suffers from asthma. I found it unbelievable that if you had a child with asthma, you would choose to live in the Fens, there are other universities in healthier parts of the country.
Also unbelievable was that a 17 year old child coming out of care would be allowed to rent a disused pumphouse with a damp problem and live there on her own.
The main drama in the story comes from the relationships between Laura, Beth, Willow, Simon (Laura's ex husband and Beth's father) and Willow's mother. Vince the social worker is worked into the mix from time to time, but this is primarily a story of female relationships, mothers, daughters and friends. Maybe I should have read the description more carefully, not having had children of my own, I found the relationship dramas somewhat tiresome.
An undemanding read.