Zi71bFS9nQHnivtvUJquhejTHIQ The Story Factory Reading Zone: Review: Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Review: Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

 Everyone thought we were dead.

We were missing for nearly two months; we were twelve. What else could they think?

They were glad to have us back, of course. But nothing was the same. It was as if we had returned from the dead, as if we were tainted somehow. We were not the same.

And it was true, though not in the way they thought.

Lois and Carly-May are just twelve years old when they’re abducted and imprisoned for two months.

That summer, under the watchful gaze of their kidnapper, they form a bond which will never be broken…

Decades later, both Lois and Carly-May have built new lives and identities for themselves.

Lois and Carly-May are drawn together again to face the truth of their beautiful, terrible story.

My review
A pychological book that's not quite a thriller, this book was chosen for me by my local book club.
This book asks a lot of questions, framed in the mind of the two girls (now older) who were abducted.
After a slow start in Part One, I felt more connected with Part Two and really wanted to enjoy it. The characters in this section were rounded and it felt ike a story on its own. However, this failed to be carried through to Part Three.
In Part Three a lot of different plot ideas and lines of thought were raised. Possible solutions kept presenting themselves, only to disappear again.
I wanted to enjoy this book (and I did like parts of it), but it failed to live up to my expectations. Overall it seemed more like an exploration of traumatised minds and what life is really about than a full-fledged work of fiction.

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