Monday, June 04, 2007

Clare Chambers - The Editor's wife

Read this over the weekend - my partner got it out of the library and it looked intriguing.

It started off really well, quite an intriguing premise, good characters, wonderfully crisp narrative, some very funny lines and situations. Until two-thirds of the way through I was thinking this was a very good novel.

Then it imploded. It became ridiculous, plot-driven, a heap of sentimental drivel with a truly ghastly plot-twist at the end to engineer a happy ending. What a nightmare. This author has real talent, she writes like a dream, the reader absolutely flies through the book, but she has done this to it. It must have been for commercial reasons, and that is such a shame.

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