Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell

The Vanishing Act of Esme LennoxThe Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The best word to describe this book is melancholy. The characters have all been wronged and consequently led unhappy lives. The story line is quite interesting: Iris finds out she has a great aunt who has been in an asylum for 60 years. Why was she there? Why did Iris never know of her?

The writing is quite good. I enjoyed how the book played out through the 3 narrators. The reader is left to piece the story together with the bits given from each. Keeping in mind that one is possibly insane and one has Alzheimer's. The themes of this book are thought provoking (if a little heavy handed.) It is the kind of book you want to talk about immediately after you finish reading.

And the ending. My jaw dropped.

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