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This review is from: The Girl on the Cliff (Paperback)
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For the first couple of chapters of 'The Girl on the Cliff' I thought I was in for the standard chick-lit fare - Girl leaves boy, Girl comes home to family, Girl finds purpose, Girl makes it up with boy and lives happily ever after - but this book is merely masquerading as such.
Over the course of 400 and some pages, Lucinda Riley weaves a bit of a thriller of sorts, with several twists and turns. Whilst the plot twists aren't exactly surprising, they don't disappoint, and the story is driven along nicely by them. The basic plot is that Grania Ryan (NY dwelling Irish beauty and sculptress) has returned home to Ireland from the big smoke after suffering a miscarriage and a relationship breakdown. She meets a lonely, intelligent little girl out on the cliff and strikes up a friendship that draws her into discovering lots about herself, her family secrets, and her priorities. Yes, some of it is a little contrived, and sometimes you don't exactly support Grania's actions, but the story is quite inventively told with flashbacks etc and it makes it work. I found by the time I'd gotten half way through that I didn't really want to put it down again.
A couple of criticisms: People's motives are not entirely well fleshed out, and we seem to have a lot of waffle about the Ex in NY that I think we probably could have done without. I also was driven a bit demented by some of the vernacular the author has used in places. The phrasing is just all wrong in the Irish characters in the first half of the book and had me driven a bit demented, and then for some reason in the second half it seems to have been rectified.
But it was a good story, well told.