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3.0 out of 5 stars One Hundred Names... didn't quite add up for me., 24 Aug. 2012
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I started this book with high hopes. Although I had never previously read a novel by Cecelia Ahern, I know she has many fans, and that all her previous books have been massive bestsellers. Sure enough, I quickly found myself drawn in to this story and firmly on the side of Kitty Logan, a journalist whose name is mud, thanks to her falsely accusing an innocent man on TV.

Thankfully, she still has one ally - Constance Dubois, her former boss and mentor, who is now sadly in hospital, ravaged with cancer. Constance tells Kitty that there was one news story she wished she had had time to write, and asks Kitty to track down the file. Inside the file is a list of one hundred names - none of which are familiar to Kitty. Maybe following up Constance's story will lead Kitty to redemption...

I think this is a great idea for a book and initially I enjoyed Kitty's attempts to make sense of the puzzle of names. However, I found that by introducing so many characters to the plot meant that it became very fragmented. I felt that the author handled each character's story in a rather clunky way too - no sooner had they met Kitty than they would launch into great long speeches about themselves. Not very realistic! I also found the end few chapters very cheesy and twee, and the writing seemed rushed as the author approached the finale. Sorry - this section of the book really didn't convince me.

Overall, I'm glad I read it. Ahern has a lovely writing style, she is funny and observant, but I felt she tried to pack too much into this one story, and I was left feeling disappointed.
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Initial post: 24 Aug 2012, 13:26:20 BST
I loved your review Sukie. I didn't want to be too critical as I know the author has many fans, but for me it was all a bit overwrought!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2012, 18:03:58 BST
Sukie says:
Thank you!
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