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3.0 out of 5 stars Picked up in the second half, 2 April 2012
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This review is from: Every Vow You Break (Kindle Edition)
I'm afraid I didn't enjoy this story as much as Julia Crouch's debut [[ASIN:B004P8ITIS Cuckoo] which I thought was a great read.

The first half of this book seemed to meander introducing us to Lara, her actor husband Marcus and their 3 children, teenage twins Olly and Bella plus 4 year old Jack. They are moving to Trout Island in New York as Marcus has been asked to play the lead part in MacBeth at the local theatre. There are lots of bemusing happenings in the creepy house, Olly finds some local layabouts and Bella falls in love. Meanwhile Lara decides that she is no longer in love with her husband partly due to her recent abortion which she felt he'd forced her into. It's fair to say the break isn't going to plan.

After the very long build up, during which I didn't warm to any of the characters, an awful lot happens in the last few chapters. As the main revelation had been fairly heavily signposted earlier, it wasn't as exciting as it could have been. There are still a fair number of loose ends by the end of the book which added to my disappointment.

Hopefully Julia Crouch's next offering will be more to my taste.
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2012, 20:29:22 BST
LALLY says:
i have deleted julia crouch from my favourite authors list.Yet another author fails to follow up their first decent book.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2012, 21:20:26 BST
C. Bannister says:
Hi Martha, it is a shame when second books miss the mark, I've read a few this year. I take the attitude that pressure to deliver after the debut is the problem although any future offerings will have reader reviews scrutinised before I read them.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2012, 12:21:03 BST
LALLY says:
Think of the pressure on S.J.WATSON to come up with a second novel.
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