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on 1 January 2014
I won this book in a goodreads.com first reads giveaway to review. I hadn't read any of Kitty Neale's books before. The book started off really well, very easy to get into and the pace kept going and held your attention. Kitty Neale certainly has a gift for storytelling and there were plenty of happenings in the book to keep you interested. It was quite a good story but I felt it moved along too quickly. I don't like a lot of unnecessary detail or waffle but I felt this was skimming along and there wasn't quite enough descriptive detail. Too many coincidences too for it to be totally believable and for me to lose myself in the story. Some parts were a bit predictable and some things the reader found out 'what the reason was' too quickly; the scene should have been 'spun out' a bit more to create more suspense, then reveal later, without dragging it out too long. It's just about getting the timing right. I can see from other reviews that some fans of Kitty Neale have said that this perhaps wasn't her best so maybe it's that she is contracted to write a certain amount of books in a certain amount of time and she's had to rush this one out. It must be difficult for bestselling authors to keep to the same standard of all their blockbuster novels, pressure on them to deliver etc. Don't get me wrong, it was still a very pleasant and easy to read story, it just wasn't amazing. I didn't think that the choice of title particularly fitted the book. It gave the wrong idea about the content. 'Neglected' would have been more like it. The cover also didn't reflect the book, it seemed a bit old-fashioned which could deter potential readers. The child on the photo again bore no resemblance to the dark-haired Penny in the book. I felt the book was kind of like a tamed-down Martina Cole and Catherine Cookson mixed together. Two great authors though, so that is a complement to a certain extent. For the subject matter, I felt the language seemed toned down, as if the author was constantly trying to hold back. Although I don't like a lot of swearing for swearing's sake, again, you have to draw a fine line for realism without going over the top. Although I have read many of Catherine Cookson's books I do feel they are a bit dated now and I did feel like I was reading Catherine Cookson when I was reading this book and I do feel it may not be quite up-to -date enough for some readers. Would I read any more of Kitty Neale's books? Yes I would because this did have a lot of potential and I did enjoy it somewhat, I just feel it could have been so much better.
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