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on June 13, 2014
Has she written a "bad" book? Not that I've read. This is not my normal cup of tea, but it's hard to say no to Mantel. The writing style, characterizations, plot - Al put her work on a higher plane.
True, this was a thoroughly depressing story. But it's intended. Don't read it if you're looking for some light uplifting fare.
I don't like to discuss plot in my reviews. I detest spoilers of any stripe and try not to give anything away. No, I'm not following that with a 'but'. I try to expose writing, originality, feeling. There are lots of great stories told by poor or mediocre writers. I don't have time for those. If rather read a decent story told by someone with a talent for telling them than the best plot ever told by a hack.
This is the former - with a few twists. If you're a fan already of her work, pick it up. If you've never read her work, it could serve as an introduction, but rest assured, her later works are far better in terms of story. A nice way to spend a few hours.