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Literary Fiction with a Twist!
on May 6, 2010
There'a a reason why there are authors and there are readers. I am of the latter persuasion and it's rather obvious, so I apologize in advance for my review.
I enjoyed The Girl on the Swing immensely. The writing is impeccable and what's best, it wasn't at all predictable. The plot twists were unexpected, but not unbelieveable.
I'd call this mysterious, slightly paranormal Lit Fic. :)
The plot deals with the aftermath of the death of the protaganist's 25 year old son and if that weren't enough, Murphy's law seems to follow poor Dr. Julia Spencer around for a couple of months. She's being sued (due to some bizarre British law) privately by a patient's husband for wrongful death, her hospital doesn't back her up, forcing her into an extended Compassionate Leave. Julia is at loose ends, looking for something to fill up her time.
She has always felt that she lived before and sets off in search of more answers, which enrages her aristocratic surgeon husband and creates an even deeper wedge between them. Julia, while a skilled OB-GYN herself, comes from a working class background and feels more comfortable with 'regular people'. She begins to visit a prisoner as 'voluntary work' and feels a strong past-life connection with this man. She also begins hypnosis sessions in an attempt at further understanding, encouraged by friends to explore what she feels are strong clues to her previous existences. Julia finds out a lot more than she bargained for and there are several plot twists before the ending, which I won't reveal, I hate reviews with spoilers. :D
Although the book deals with some things that are of a supernatural bent, it doesn't go way out on tangents and stays within the realm of believeability.
The story is entertaining and challenging, character development is excellent and the prose is lovely.
Although I can't write a proper review to save my life, I highly recommend this book. I will be reading it again.