Girl In A Golden Cage Kindle Edition
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I thought the pacing was pretty good, it had a sort of slow, steady escalation feel to it. I found myself of two minds about Lorin, which I was supposed to. Every so often there was the teensiest hint of a gothic vibe that I dug. Terry...idk he was a bit so-so for me personally, but that doesn't mean he doesn't fit in the story (and the crazed artist is generally a fun trope). Abigail...hmmm... I found myself intrigued, but not sure how I felt about her.
I dug the mc with her migraines and holy hell did I identify with those muscle spasms and cramps. I appreciate characters with problems I can relate to particularly when those problems aren't just to create drama. I love badass heroines with their derring do and mad fighting skills, but sometimes it's all I can do to sit up. So she was refreshing for me. That poor poor girl, tho. She has some *problems* with... no, no, no spoilers.
At times I became a little frustrated with her, but she didn't veer into TSTL because I understood WHY she was making bad life choices. It made sense, probably more sense than if she hadn't made them to be entirely honest. Recommend.
From my understanding, Girl In A Golden Cage is the sequel to A Rarer Gift Than Gold, which I’m only just realising now. I haven’t read A Rarer Gift Than Gold, which, according to Amazon, is about Abigail Argent, a skilled craftswoman, who can enhance the beauty in metal sculptures. She discovers her craft is linked the art of alchemy, and uncovers a dangerous secret.
Although Abigail features in Girl In A Golden Cage, I don’t think I’ve missed out, despite not reading the first book. Francesca is a new character, and we explore the seemingly luxurious and wonderful Italian through her eyes – not Abigail’s – and watch her gradually uncover her father’s deception.
There are lots of Italian references (obviously) and a lot of artistic language and description. I didn’t really understand these parts – I’m not a very artistic or multi-cultural person, but I am confident Branch knows what she’s talking about. Amazon lists some of her achievements, such as studying at University College London, The Royal College of Art and Victoria Albert Museum and being a restorer of public sculptures and historic features.
My favourite aspect of this book were Francesca’s “out of body” experiences; they were supernatural, but not scary. While I don’t believe in “out of body” experiences in real life, I think it’s a fascinating subject to write fiction about, and made the storyline enjoyable.
While I liked the character of Lorin, I thought his motivations for involving himself Francesca were a little predictable. I didn’t feel that their connection was “real”, despite Francesca believing she was in a genuine and trusting relationship.
Also, I’m not sure what genre Girl In A Golden Cage is meant to be – it’s very difficult to pin down. There’s suspense, but it’s not wholly a mystery novel. There are some violent moments, and criminal activity does crop up, but I don’t feel like there’s enough to classify it as a crime novel. If anyone has any suggestions as to a genre which best fits this book, I’d be glad to hear them.
For me, the main let-down of Girl In A Golden Cage was a little too much unnecessary dialogue and the subsequent description of speech acts (e.g. he said/she said). I’m a strong believer in not overusing dialogue (or obvious narration) to convey basic information. For example (this is not lifted from the book, but an exaggerated example), I prefer to interpret a speaker’s body language, for instance, based on the way they speak and the character traits that have already been assigned to them, rather than a descriptive line of dialogue such as: “I am very annoyed” said the man, in a frustrated tone of voice, folding his arms and scowling.
On the whole, despite not reading A Rarer Gift Than Gold (oops), I managed to enjoy Girl In A Golden Cage and thought it was a good book, although I can’t put into words exactly why that is!