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The truth about Lisa Jewell - she's great!,
This review is from: The Truth About Melody Browne (Paperback)
I've been trying to wean myself off of reading 'chick lit' but I think that authors such as Lisa Jewell and Marian Keyes are a cut above the rest, especially as Adele Parks' last two books have been a little under par. Anyway, I digress, the book's plot centres around school dinner lady and single mum, the titular Melody, who lives a fairly quiet existence in a council flat in Covent Garden with her soon-to-turn 18 son, Ed. Melody has no memory of her life prior to a fire which occured when she was 9 years of age, however a date and a visit to a stage hypnotist changes all that when Melody beins to piece together the fragments of her past.
I took this book away with me on a weekend break and I was hooked, which is pretty rare these days! It was written to beautifully and the text flowed nicely. The characters were extremely believable and well crafted. I really admire the way that Jewell is able to deal with difficult, taboo or somewhat challenging topics with consummate ease, as she ably demonstrated in her previous novel 'One Hit Wonder'. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read and please don't be put off by any fluffy 'chick lit' preconceptions!
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Initial post: 28 Jan 2015 21:34:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2015 21:35:12 GMT
She has a lot of insight into taboo, challenging and difficult topics as you've said, so much so, that she has to have really researched them thoroughly or had people in her life to study. Have you read "The House we Grew up In" where she tackles the extreme difficulties of OCD? She is brilliant. I've not read this one, but am going to.
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