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Promise by Sarah   Armstrong
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Feb 03, 2017

really liked it
bookshelves: australian-author, australian-women-writers, aww-challenge

I was loaned Promise by someone who couldn't put it down and recommended it to me highly, and I started without having read the back cover blurb or knowing anything about the story. I have to admit, I find the subject matter pretty distressing. Moreover I couldn't get my head around the main character Anna's choices (avoiding spoilers here), even with the author's creation of a strong back story/motivation. My judgement of Anna's behaviour rarely let up throughout the novel and made for an uncomfortable - if compelling - reading experience. It also meant the ending was less satisfying than it might otherwise have been. (I've been told it brought other readers to tears.) I'd be very interested to seek out Armstrong's first two novels, though, as she writes well and her debut was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin.
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Reading Progress

January 31, 2017 – Started Reading
February 3, 2017 – Shelved
February 3, 2017 – Shelved as: australian-author
February 3, 2017 – Shelved as: aww-challenge
February 3, 2017 – Shelved as: australian-women-writers
February 3, 2017 – Finished Reading

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