Saturday, December 15, 2007


Rating : 2.5/5
Reason for Reading : Seconds Challenge

Katie is marrying Ray much to her families dismay. He is a great stand-in-father for her son Jacob, but everyone is convinced she isn't in love with Ray including Ray himself. Her brother Jamie is having problems with his boyfriend Tony, her mother is having an affair with one of her fathers ex-colleagues and her father is a whole other story. He has found a lesion on his hip and is having panic attacks about dying of cancer. He decides to take things into his own hands for better or worse.

Things spiral out of control as the wedding date draws near. We learn more about Ray's character along with Jamie who has never really given him a chance. Jacob is a sweet kid and the novel really captures life in England. It is a very British book with references to shops, television programmes and products.

It's not a bad book, it's just not a particularly good book either. It wasn't really anything new, the usual mid-life crisis stuff with a family totally wrapped up in their own lives. A sad let down after the wonder of A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

3 comments:

Literary Feline said...

A rather ordinary book. :-) I was disappointed that it didn't live up to Haddon's first book either. I do like his writing style though.

Rhinoa said...

I do mostly like his writing style Literary Feline, but I am not sure about his random many uses of the phase "gird my loins" !!! It seemed a random thing to write a bunch of times. It's certainly not something you hear people say in everyday conversation usually.

Alice Teh said...

I have yet to get started on the reading. Too many books in the TBR including this one...