Well, reading was kinda slow this month, as you can tell. I only finished one book in February. I don’t know, I just didn’t find much time to focus on books and then the one I was reading started to drag. Here’s my review.
This must be the place by Maggie O’Farrell (★★★☆☆)
I really wanted to like this book more, damnit. But the fact that I had a hard time pushing through it, tells me that there were problems with it. Some chapters were so, so good. O’Farrell is a talented writer. But she was jumping between different narrators and time periods and even writing styles, and some chapters felt disconnected and some superfluous to the story, really. The book seemed to meander and I got lost repeatedly. It totally broke my “reading streak” and I hate when that happens.
When I have to start flipping back and forth to keep track of people and events, and then the author drops characters into the story that end up being tangents that are never resolved, but abandoned, I lose interest pretty quick.
The main story is about Daniel and Claudette, but we also meander into Daniel’s past and Claudette’s past and I get it, people’s lives are complex and often don’t fit into a neat box, and both of them had a bunch of baggage, but some parts were narrated in so much details that it felt unnecessary, while some parts lacked depth where I expected more. I don’t know, for me the book didn’t strike a balance there.
Have you read this one? How did you feel about it?
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