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99p. What have you got to lose? 99p, that's what.
29 December 2018
I should have read the poor reviews. 4.5 stars convinced me it would be worth a read. However . . .
I knew what would happen to her boyfriend and pal within the first few pages. I thought this might be a clever plot ploy, but I was disappointed.
The characters are thinly drawn, with no conflict within them. None seemed worth being bothered about and as the book ran on, my ambivalence was reinforced. The lead character was particularly unattractive and quite vicious. She used her friends, she had no concerns of their problems. ‘A plague o’ all your houses’ seemed to be her MO.
One gets the feeling the story is, to an extent, autobiographical. This seems to be what the author would like to have done.
It’s is quite well written, although with little variation in speech patterns. The characters were difficult to believe in, especially the men.
I saw the price of 99p as a bit of a bargain for a shortlisted book. ‘What,’ I asked myself. ‘Have I got to lose?’
I’ll tell you – 99p.