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Alys, Always by Harriet Lane

Posted by Caitie F on May 22, 2014

13259653Title: Alys, Always
Author: Harriet Lane
Hardcover: 209 pages
Pub Date: Feb 9 ,2012
Publisher: George Weidenfeld & Nicholson
Rating: +++

Summary from pub:

Frances is a thirty-something sub-editor, an invisible production, drone on the books pages of the Questioner. Her routine and colourless existence is disrupted one winter evening when she happens upon the aftermath of a car crash and hears the last words of the driver, Alys Kyte. When Alys’s family makes contact in an attempt to find closure, Frances is given a tantalising glimpse of a very different world: one of privilege and possibility. The relationships she builds with the Kytes will have an impact on her own life, both professionally and personally, as Frances dares to wonder whether she might now become a player in her own right

Review:

I had been looking forward to this book for quite some time – the whole idea of it sounded fascinating and I had heard some wonderful things about the book.

In the end, I was underwhelmed. It was a very quiet book, but lacking the beauty that can make a  quiet book really good. Saying it is a psychological suspense is really pushing the definition of that term.

There were aspects i liked. I was always interested when Frances was at work/ Watching her relationship with Polly was fascinating because Polly was so interesting. Frances was just fine. She wasn’t very interesting or cunning. It felt like she thought she was being so clever so often when she wasn’t.

Overall, it was a fine quick read, but nothing I would really recommend to others.

 

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