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All Good Things

Another engaging read from Amanda Prowse.

Amanda has excelled herself in writing a story of two dysfunctional families – each with a very different set of issues.

Family Drama

The story is told from the point of view of ten different characters(!) and for this reason it took me a while to get into it. I found it hard to empathise with any one character until well into the book - and then it was probably at least three characters.

Great Plotting

It is very clever how the storylines unfold and we can piece together what is happening as we discover each character’s secrets. I'm still not sure why it was called 'All Good Things' apart from the fact that the character, Winnie, was deluded into thinking everything was going well when it was so clear it wasn't.

Unsatisfying Ending

As others have found, the last chapter is quite incredible in that it is full of drama and any outcomes are only implied in a subtle way. It does leave you feeling like you want more. One of the main characters, Lawrence, is left hanging and we are not at all sure what is going to happen to him.

It is almost as though the book has just really got going and then ends abruptly.

Perhaps an epilogue or a chapter set a year later would be more satisfying for the reader.

Overall though an enjoyable and interesting read and I gave it 4 stars.


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