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Neither one thing nor the other,
This review is from: Someone to Watch Over Me: A gripping psychological thriller (Paperback)
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This book starts off really well. Carrie, Damian and their son Charlie are enjoying a day at the beach when the unthinkable happens. It's every parent's worst nightmare and this opening scene is shockingly well portrayed. The book then jumps forward a bit and we rejoin Carrie coming to terms with the aftermath of that day and at the same time there's the story of Molly, a single mother bringing up her little son, Max, who was the same child Charlie played with on the beach.
So far so good. But this book just can't make up its mind what it wants to be. Is it a thriller? Is it a ghost story? Is it a romance? Is it chick lit? I honestly don't know although with the endless descriptions of what people are wearing and constant jumping to back stories, it veers strongly towards the latter. The drawn out details of Carrie's shop and every thing in it sit very uncomfortably along side touching portrayals of her inner feelings. And Molly, who I enjoyed reading about at first, behaves in the most unrealistic way possible when things come to a head in her life. At this point I'm afraid I stopped enjoying the book.
I think Madeleine Reiss is a good writer and I look forward to reading more of her work.
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Initial post: 23 Oct 2014 12:36:27 BDT
The escapee says:
Totally agree with your comments - couldn't have put it better myself.
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