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Never really gets going.
on 12 September 2014
This was an extremely frustrating book to read. It took over a hundred pages to get to what we knew from the blurb. All the time it felt like going one step forwards and, just as it looked as though we were finally getting on with the story, we then went 3 steps back. As each character was introduced we had to have loads of re-caps of previous anecdotes - sometimes necessary, I grant, but this was ad nauseam. It even went further than the characters. At one point Hannah, the bland 'heroine,' pulled out the sofa to hoover behind it. Not only did we get her reminiscing about where they'd purchased said sofa, but also the whole of hers and her husband's first conversation they had when they sat on it! Oh for goodness sake! Get on with it!
Hannah herself was as faceless and pathetic as the second Mrs DeWinter but without being surrounded by characters such as the multi-faceted Mrs Danvers or the beautiful setting of Manderley. In fact, the male characters were all, apart from David, given one syllable names - Dan, Mark, Nick, Tom, Ant - and it was difficult to remember who was who. There was also mentioned in passing a Leo and, in the final pages, a Leon. Took me a while to realise they were different people. I didn't really care what happened to Hannah - she just kept going round in circles refusing to see what was in front of her.
I won't bother with this author again. I hate books that seem promising, but never seem to get going. I only finished it because it was relatively short.