I've been trying to read this book after it was recommended to me by a dear friend. However, it's proving to be way too 'Chick lit' for me and boring.I've been trying to read this book after it was recommended to me by a dear friend. However, it's proving to be way too 'Chick lit' for me and boring. Things seems to take ages to get moving and I found myself losing interest.
I may dip in and out of it to finish it and see what happens, I'm at pg 150 at the moment and not really feeling inspired....more
I’m not sure that I should have liked this book as much as I did. The main character Kate met her now ex boyfriend in a bar 18 months ago and the bookI’m not sure that I should have liked this book as much as I did. The main character Kate met her now ex boyfriend in a bar 18 months ago and the book charts what happens after her break up. There are certain things about the book that either make the main character very stupid or have just been forgotten but they are missed out all the same. I won’t say what it is, partly to see if you find the same thing when you read the book or whether it does reflect the stupidity of the character.
Kate sets up a new life on the Isle of Wight, to get away from Richard and his obsessive behaviour, but he proceeds to track her down. Will he find her or not? This is a man she once loved and is now frightened of and the reader can find out why as they read.
Although when I first picked up this book I thought it was in the ‘Chick-lit’ genre, it has also been described as a gothic novel, which is unusual for a modern day setting though it makes sense because from the first page there is an air of mystery about the setting, which is assisted by the island setting. At first we do not know much about Kate and why she is on the Island and we are drawn into her life.
Unfortunately the ending is rather rushed and could have been built up much more than it was. Some critics would say that this book is much too descriptive, though for me it worked and I got through the book quickly because I wanted to find out what would happen and how her life would get back on track. Richard who comes across as the typical sociopath, wrecks havoc on the lives of the people he comes into contact with.
Although it’s not my favourite book by a long shot, I would read Lucie Whitehouse’s other books as I like her style of writing. ...more
Best book of the year for me and now I'm trying to find some holiday reading that is somewhere near as good as this. I found the subject matter intereBest book of the year for me and now I'm trying to find some holiday reading that is somewhere near as good as this. I found the subject matter interesting especially as I've seen close up what Alzheimers can do to people. The main character goes into decline from an extremely bright lecturer who can rattle off dates and authors in her lectures to...well I won't say here but highly recommend following her journey.
Even though the subject matter is very sad, Lisa Genova held my interest throughout by also showing how the main character's family coped with her illness and the relationship between the different members of the family.
I hope to read Ms Genova's books in the future....more