While the Irish story was rather enchanting at the beginning, I found the main character, as the story developed, absolutely awful and was unable to engage with her. It’s hard to stay reading a detestable character. Towards the end one does find some empathy for her, but if only the writer had allowed the reader to have some empathy for her earlier. If only the writer herself had had some empathy for her character. She just abandoned her on an abandoned island after making her suffer and with no way to redeem herself.
A reader looks for some sort of resolution — that the protagonist redeems themselves or grows, evolves because of the experience.
The beginning was completely disjointed from the main story, it felt like a different story completely. I thought, from the opening page, I was reading a crime story, but then, almost immediately, it became a story of an Irish family on an island. And, as usual with Irish family stories, they became pretty messed up. There was no link threading through most of the rest until, nearing the end, it was quite obvious what was going to happen. What was meant to be a twist was a slight turn in the path.
I wondered at the use of first person point of view — it really didn’t add more to the story where it could have. It was just telling more of the same.
There were issues of “telling” rather than “showing” and some actions that were hard to believe. My first Nugent and I won’t be trying another.
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 1 edition (15 November 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241979730
- ISBN-13: 978-0241979730
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)