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A bit depressing
12 July 2019
I think the book was nicely written and easy to settle in to, which I think is why it was disappointing for me to find it was so depressing. It covers some gritty subjects that I feel should not be overlooked or ignored, but for me the contrast between the light and the dark was a bit too bland. Every character was just too nice and I started to get annoyed with them all as a result.
The narrative was told in first person by the two main characters, presumably in the case of Noah, so that we could see the contrast between the internal and the external. We were party to his thinking, but unable to separate that from his external self, which in turn meant I struggled to side with Rosalind, whose voice we didn't hear.
For many readers, this will really play on emotions, but for some reason it didn't play on mine. I wanted my emotions to be stretched more; to feel more rage or to have more laugh out loud moments. The sweetness of the central characters acted like a sugar coated pill for me.
It is easy to be an armchair critic, and I recognise that it takes phenomenal skill to write a fictional novel, a skill which I do not possess, and clearly the author of this book does. I like his writing and would consider looking at some of his other titles, but I'd need to be reassured they wouldn't leave me feeling as flat as this one did.