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There are the flaws and then there is the magic Ms Lupton creates,
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This review is from: Afterwards (Paperback)
I virtually never read mysteries, except P.D.James and all of the late Batya Gur. But I will read Rosamond Lupton as soon as a book comes out. I bought this, do not remember why, from Amazon.uk because apparently her work is more available or more popular in England than in USA. Here's my take on her magical skills:
You open a novel, whether "Sister" which was purely perfect or "Afterwards", which has flaws I'll get to, and you are moving as fast as you can because she makes you instantly hooked, instantly fascinated. There is some magic in that feat. No matter your mood or time of day or night (I opened this, mistake,to take a look on last Saturday morning and it was 6 PM when I finished losing a day in which I had much to do.)
I cannot yet analyze how Ms.Lupton pulls this off. Usually I can read as a writer but apparently her way with a story just makes me fully immersed without observing what she does that is so compelling.
Even with the flaws here--too many characters, too convoluted as to who did what and when, as to even the villians, IT DID NOT MATTER to me. Anyone who writes in a way that I literally panic if I put the book down for five minutes and then panic when I'm not sure where I left it, has my 5 star vote. I don't know why the author got overly convoluted. Maybe she gets bored if she is not creating massive suspense, but I recommend this not despite its flaws, but because the flaws don't really matter. I know this does not make logical sense but it makes fictional sense. She is just great. Thanks Rosamund for another great read. Keep em coming!!!