Top critical review
A disappointing read and an absolute insult to 60 year old ladies everywhere!!
5 October 2018
I was really enjoying this book, getting to know the characters, and then I hit Chapter 3 where we meet Sam’s Nana! Nana lives in a flat with swirly brown carpets and the gas fire going full pelt, dosing in her rocking chair. She wears a lilac dress with a hand knitted white cardigan she made herself, and wears two pairs of glasses, one on the end of her nose and the other pair tucked into her white hair. She is heavily wrinkled and plagued with a painful hip. Now you might be thinking poor old Nana, she’s probably in her 80s, but I was flabbergasted to read Nana is actually celebrating her 60th birthday!!! The author clearly has no idea that today’s 60 year olds lead very active lives, live in modern homes, wear skinny jeans and the majority are still working, not being eligible to retire for a few years yet!
So I’m afraid I lost respect for the author and the story after that, but I continued reading. I was then further amazed in Chapter 6 when one of the characters, Kitty, visited her psychiatrist and a MASSIVE clue was dropped after she used the bathroom that wasn’t explained until much later in the book.
The story went on and on, backwards and forwards in time which was quite confusing. There were far too many convenient coincidences throughout, scenarios which just did not seem possible, and all the characters seemed to be related or connected but it was difficult to keep track how. The author’s attempt to include menacing drama scenes seemed farcical.
As the story is based on true but horrific events that took place in mother and baby homes in the 50s/60s, it could have been written so much better and realistically.