For someone who read Anne Fine's children's books when I was younger, this book wasn't what I expected at all. It didn't just seem like a book wirtten for a different audience- it also seemed like a book written by a different person. The style of writing is so mature and enticing that it's hard not to like. The portrayal of the relationship between sisters is spot on, while the characters, although not entirely likeable, are extremely believable. Anne Fine writes about betrayal within families, and the way in which Bridie is shunned out by her three sisters is so realistic that it's frightening. My only criticims would be that it didn't go any further- there were the makings of a brilliant book and the events which occurred in it just seemed to be a bit too understated and cautious. Perhaps that was Anne Fine's intention; I just felt it didn't give enough. That said, it ended brilliantly, avoiding the predictable outcome and another boring 'happy ever after'.
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