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You by Joanna Briscoe
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Oct 26, 2011

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Read from October 12 to 26, 2011

I like the way Joanna Briscoe writes. And I like the setting - the moors of Devonshire. Her descriptions of the crumbling house got a little repetitive. And I grew annoyed with the responses of Dora to the questioning from Cecilia, her daughter. I like books best where I get attached to the characters and that didn't happen for me in You: A Novel.

In this book, the story alternates between two time periods 20 years apart, which could have been confusing but Joanna Briscoe does it very skillfully. I got a little impatient with the revealing of what I thought was an obvious fact. And the ending is extremely ambiguous which I didn't mind - I can't think of any other satisfactory way the author could have ended it.

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