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The Chimney Sweeper's Boy by Barbara Vine
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Dec 17, 2010

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Read in December, 2010

I would have liked to give this 2.5, but ended up erring on the side of generosity, as it was better than a 2. The writing style is uneven - it starts off being determinedly old-fashioned, but then it seems the author forgets that she's supposed to be writing that way and it becomes more regular, and is the better for it, as the start is decidedly pretentious.

The resolution was pretty obvious a fair while out, and a lot of the characterisation was clumsy, although the mother was well done.

Maybe it should have been a two, but I finished it, so a 3 it is.

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