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The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore
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Mar 23, 2012

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Read in March, 2012

I enjoyed it -but is it scary??
The initial phases are tense, spooky and atmospheric but the , probably as you become habituated to ALec's presence the more often he pops up, the tension diminishes , untill it just becomes....quite sad really. More a testament to the pain endured during and after the war rather than a terrifying spine tingler. There does seem to be a lot of repetition and I wondered if the plot would work better as a short story, with more left off the page than on.... ???

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