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I started this book early Sunday afternoon and come midnight I was only twenty or so pages from the end. Unfortunately I had to wait all of Monday to find out the ending.

It has been a long time since I’ve been able to claim I nearly read a whole book in a day. This probably says a lot about the reading level of the book rather than how hooked I was by the plot.

Perhaps because it has been out for a while I felt the book already familiar while I was reading it. I don’t think I have read it before but the slow unravelling of Chrissy’s life seemed neither unexpected or surprising.

Just because there is no shocking twist this did not detract from the overall quality of the book. The writing style was easily readable and the structure balanced back story and action to create an interesting story and believable characters.

I’m not a fan of amnesia as a character development technique. It’s not something I have come across in everyday life and I find the concept hard to believe. Chrissy suffers from the same condition as Drew Barrymore in the film Fifty First Dates and every time they go to sleep they lose any memories they made that day. For the purpose of the story it is best to “suspend disbelief” and just enjoy the plot.

Whilst an enjoyable read and an impressive debut novel I don’t think it brought anything new to the table. I pretty much guessed the ending but it was well written and worth reading to see how it all played out. A good holiday read if you have not yet read this one.

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