One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Predictable, but not in an eye-rollingly bad way. This is more of a comfort read, predictable in the same way that an AGA-saga is predictable (or, in some ways, a murder mystery is, with the whodunnit solved at the end). Set in modern day Dublin, this is the story of Katherine (er, make that Kitty), a television "journalist" who destroys a man's life with a story that she was fed, but didn't do enough diligence on to learn that it was not just false, but very false. Disgraced, she retreats to her mentor and creator of Entourage magazine - conveniently dying and equally conveniently leaving behind the story she always wanted to write (but didn't), thus setting in motion Kitty's journey. Why did Constance choose these 100 people? What links them? And can those reasons be discerned by the publication deadline for the memorial tribute to the magazine's founder?
At times the people we meet seem like stock characters, chosen to fill a specific need rather than coming organically from real life. That's why there are only three stars: without spoiling the book, if the message is what I suspect it is, we could have changed the people Kitty's investigating slightly and had a better book. Still, as written, and with the message being more important than the characterizations, it's not a bad read.
My big takeaway? There's magic inside everyone, and everyone's story is worthy of being told. And if that's not the overall message don't tell me.
ARC provided by publisher.