Part one is about something supernatural, Part two is the long-winded, absolutely boring story of why the ex-lover disappeared, Part three is just running commentary on present status of the relationships, and then Part Four is just. I'm immensely disappointed by this book because Part One was so promising, and the book seemed to have so many possibilities at that point. And what exactly were the circumstances of her sudden disappearance? They are falling in and out of love without knowing the people they are involv This novel is very different. However, I am finding that I just can't wait. Other than that, this book was a page turner. Lily begins experiencing events that appear to be hauntings.
The first part of the story follows Lily as she tries to find out what happened to Sinead. I like her style and most of her stories have an interesting psychological twist to them. Marcus was a cad, v 2. Lily's inner stalker comes out, and Marcus also begins to show some odd behavior. Marcus, who is deep in the throes of an unnamed grief, refuses to talk about the woman or her fate. I didn't really have any time to read a book with school and all, but I took this book home over the weekend and I could not put it down. The apartment's other inhabitant, Aidan, seems to understand Lily's unease, but is unwilling to give her any information about the unsettling situation.
She's soon haunted by Marcus' ex-girlfriend, Sinead, who's mysteriously no longer with Marcus. A distinct presence of another woman lingers in the loft, one who seems to have disappeared in a hurry, leaving behind a single party dress hanging in the closet, a puzzling mark on the wall, and the suffocating scent of jasmine. The beginning main character, Lily, falls rather quickly into a relationship with a man who has lost his girlfriend Sinaed. Surprisingly disappointing entry by O'Farrell, whose other work I love. It is Another disappointing read from Maggie O'Farrell. She writes pretty well but her endings are. It's in the last two parts that the story seems to fizzle.
I found this a little confusing and couldn't figure out why the author did this. Thanks so much to my book buddies, Diane and Esil for reading this with me. There is quite a web of mystery, seduction, half-truths, and love that seems to have ensnared Lily, Marcus, Aiden, and Sinead. I felt like more could have been done and the ending seemed a bit odd. I've loved everything I've read by Maggie O'Farrell, until this. The room that she moves into still appears as if someone is there. This novel left me wondering if Lily, Sinead, Aidan and Marcus were meant to be read more as archetypes in a universal story.
O'Farrell offers quite an in-depth look into the main characters of the story. No other way to say it, other than this was a dissatisfying read saved to three stars because of the writing. Can't bring myself to use a really derogatory term but it is in my head and it isn't pretty. But great writing--as always with O'Farrell-- I may pause in my O'Farrell consumption for a little while but it's been fun! When Lily moves into Marcus's flat and plunges headlong into a relationship, she must contend not merely with the disapproval of flatmate Aidan, but with a more intangible, hostile presence. And the feelings in her books run deep.
All overseas shipping is via Airmail. At essence, this is a novel about people who are more in love with the idea of being in love than they are with the realities of loving relationships. And all the characters seem to be wearing disguises. O'Farrell's beautiful way of piecing together her plots and backstories clunks a bit in this one, I felt. We never discover exactly what colour of lenses they are looking through, nor do we find out how their lenses were formed. However, there was one section that was a little confusing.
At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Really Maggie, pull yourself together please! There is an immediacy in that we are deposited into the middle of a snapshot of their lives. Also, I really didn't like the way the ending felt rushed and bolted on. In order for this to work, the new relationship should have been an intense one. I'm glad this was not the first of her novels I read or I definately would not have bothered with another. Yes, we are literally giving you away a steal. Possible ex library copy, thatâll have the markings and stickers associated from the library.
I don't know why I kept listening to it. This is the brilliance of O'Farrell's style in that she never underestimates her reader's intelligence, and would never compromise herself to make it easier on us. The first part of the story follows Lily as she tries to find out what happened to Sinead. All in all, I cannot recommend it, but would still read later work by Maggie O'Farrell given the quality of the debut novel I read before this. As the story went on it made less and less sense. The first half is taken up by an odd and unpleasant relationship between Lily and Marcus.
The story itself didn't work as well for me, unfortunately. This goes on for awhile, back and forth. The story that O'Farrell creates is not only dark and brooding, but it is gripping and captivating as well. Maggie O'Farrell does this great job of including all the characters voices. Could it be that Sinead, Marcus's ex, is trying to communicate with her? The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins.
She did exercise my brain a bit with her writing style. I mean what was this book? It wouldn't be so disappointing if she were a terrible writer. Sinead's story makes up the second part of the book, chronicling the onset and passionate height of their five-year affair and her discovery that he was an inveterate philanderer. She used real sightings to get this point across, which I found very confusing. After Part 1, I started to skip pages, for any intrigue was removed, then it became a touch whiney and repetitive.