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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 21 Feb 2017, 18:15 
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Mary Dorothy in the Abbey Girls 'hears' her characters on a private wireless that only she can hear.

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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 14 Mar 2017, 10:42 
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I picked up 'Whatever it Takes' by Adele Parks the other day. Lots of 5* and gushing praise. Not from me though.

Stylish late thirty-something London woman has to move to Dartmouth when her husband's father retires and husband takes over family law practice.
Cue page after page of stereotypical moans about moving to the sticks, and at least they'll save money because there won't be any shops to spend it in. (Has she ever been to Dartmouth, I wonder?)
Friend is desperate for a child and leans on main character for support. M-in-L is going gently dotty while f-in-l doesn't know what to do.

Naturally she finds plenty of places to spend vast amounts of money, she doesn't have a job, and doesn't do a lot about making friends. One painful dinner party is ruined because she relies on the m-in-l to make the pudding - m-in-l gets in a muddle and it's horrible.

The passages from the m-in-l's POV are terrific - moving, frightening, despairing and bewildered.
The ones from the friend's POV are also good, single-minded despair and desperation.

The main character - much lauded in the reviews - is passive-aggressive, cold and spoilt! I loathed her and ended up skipping her POV chapters and just reading the other two. And the resolution is a damp squib.

I'm clearly in the minority as the vast majority of reviews painted her in glowing colours, and the poor friend, maddened by grief and longing, as a psychopath.
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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
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Nul points, then? Thanks for the warning - I've not that long since finally finished a novel (Giles Waterfield's The Long Afternoon) where I wanted to shake one of the main characters and found the rest rather irritating, and I'd just as soon avoid another likely to produce the same result, at least for a while.


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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
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The Something Girl has arrived in my Kindle this morning!

No spoilers, as I haven't had a chance to look at it yet, but just to remind other Jodi Taylor fans that it's out...

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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
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abbeybufo wrote:
The Something Girl has arrived in my Kindle this morning!

No spoilers, as I haven't had a chance to look at it yet, but just to remind other Jodi Taylor fans that it's out...


Debating whether to buy this right now .......


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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
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It was only £3.99, which for a new title I didn't think was too bad...

...and of course I've read it now :D

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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
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Mine arrived too and I'm about a third through. It has all the qualities that made The Nothing Girl so beguiling. Hurrah.
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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
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I've just bought it as well. Really enjoyed the Nothing Girl.


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