One summer day in Norfolk, Amber appears at the front door of the Smart family, and changes everything. The book describes the effect that this strange woman has on each of them, through their eyes, so that at every chapter the perspective shifts from one member of the family to the other.
There's 12 year-old Astrid obsessed with videoing everything. Teenager Magnus, who is tormented by a school tragedy he feels responsible for. There's lecturer Michael and his long list of sexual conquests, and then there's writer Eve, who is trying to write another bestseller, but is afflicted by the writer's block.
Ok, I'll be honest. I didn't get this book at all. Maybe I'm too used to reading children's literature now, and I can't appreciate this kind of writing, or maybe it just wasn't my thing. The fact is that I couldn't even finish it.
It started well, I enjoyed the first quarter of it, I found it funny and I was really interested to know what was going to happen. Then nothing happened. I was half way through it when I realised I didn't care about any of the characters. Then when I only had about 20 pages to go, I quit. When you start skipping sentences, then paragraphs, then pages, you know it's time to put an end to it. I'm really sad to say this because I wanted to like it and I thought I loved the style at first. Unofortunately it got weirder and weirder till it lost me completely.
The fact is that it felt more like a psychological study on middle class people than a real story. I appreciated the experimental writing and its boldness, but I got to a point where it was too much for me.
I've read other bloggers' review and it seems to have been received pretty well by other people, so if you haven't read it, don't be put off completely. Read the other reviews and then maybe give it a try. It's not awful. It just wasn't for me.
other blog reviews:
Pink Blue whale
Who's that bookworm?
What I have been reading
Let me know if you've reviewed it too and I'll add your link to the list.