It's the first time I read the author, and I am quite satisfied with this debut. This Midwife’s Confession is really something that shocks, paralyzes,...moreIt's the first time I read the author, and I am quite satisfied with this debut. This Midwife’s Confession is really something that shocks, paralyzes, destroys the node that we long to hold securely, containing our emotions. I think no one can remain indifferent to this tragedy that drove Noelle to take her own life.
I like the way the story is structured, divided into chapters, each appearing when more suited to hear the side of such a person. And yes, it reminded me of Jodi Picoult, as has already been suggested by many readers, but the big difference between the two authors is that Jodi Picoult writes profoundly and with more emotion.
This author is different, she can describe the characters and all their struggles and feelings, make us feel for them, but she doesn’t exactly linger on the subject when it’s necessary, very quickly she changes direction, which in this story resulted in a mismanagement of chapters. She does make us constantly wonder and doubt what’s in store for us in the book, and when we least expect it there’s a new twist changing the whole plot, and that's something that not all authors can do in a subtle way, but Diane Chamberlain doesn’t feel forced, I just think she’s a little too fast in the narrative. Even though I enjoyed the pace of the story, I think I needed more time to delve deeper into the new changes and feel them on a more intimate level. I feel like I only got to meet the characters and not what they were really like on the inside. And those are the only negatives I have to point out.
I really liked the story, the twists, the friendships, the relationship between mother and daughter, and the big secret, because this is one of those that I look for in all the books, and nowadays few authors can still surprise and shock me at the same time. This author just earned a place in my to-read list, I can’t wait to read another one of her books. (less)
There's a first time for everything, and this was my first time reading Dorothy Koomson. I must say I was a little disappointed not to have been swept...moreThere's a first time for everything, and this was my first time reading Dorothy Koomson. I must say I was a little disappointed not to have been swept away by the story, both for being a cherished author by readers, and also because this is the goal I want to achieve when I open a book. I think it was due to the content of the story; it’s not a subject that interests me to the point of devouring pages eagerly. Instead, it was a fluid read, and one of its strengths is it never becomes boring despite its length. The writing is very good, deep and compassionate, and although the debated issue is not something I like to deepen, the author managed to keep my attention and wanting to know how the drama would unfold to its end.
The ending was also disappointing. I think everything was handled too casually. The suspect was never a real suspect because it was never introduced into the story, just as a minor character, nothing important. And a story of a crime requires development so that its conclusion is satisfactory, and that includes victim and perpetrator. In this case, the author made a mistake by giving more emphasis to the drama and leaving aside the criminal part. I was under the impression that she neglected this aspect, which leads me to think that the crime was unnecessary to the story, because all the drama eventually encompassed the entire book. The last bit of the book also could have been better, after all the build up about the Rose Petal Beach. It felt a little flat.
However, despite these flaws, and some inconsistencies, as a whole, I think it was a good book, but definitely not something I would like to read a second time.(less)