The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, byMaggie O'Farrell
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Wasn't too crazy about this one. The book vacillates between Iris's life and what happened to Esme that led her to lockup in the nuthouse. It took a while to figure out that the random stream-of-consciousness passages were coming from an addle-pated grandmother and that added to the bit of confusion over the rapidly changing points of view in the novel.
Nor was the (adopted, step, whatever) brother/sister-being-in-love-thing working for us. Yes, we understand they weren't blood related. It was still creepy in a V.C. Andrews kind of way.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest quality to really work.
You've got to feel a little sorry for the book that's picked up right after you read a string of excellent novels. Any other time, it would likely have fared a better review.
Kinda meh on this one. Don't rush out today to buy it...perhaps a library checkout would be better because it does have a pretty snappy ending.
Title: The Vanishing Act of Esme LennoxAuthor: Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN-10: 0151014116256 pages
Publisher: HarcourtDate: October 24, 2007
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