21 March 2015

A Reunion of Ghosts; Judith Claire Mitchell

A Reunion Of GhostsA Reunion Of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

How often do you read a book written in the first person plural? The conceit here is that this is the suicide note of the three Alter sisters, so their individual voices are muted into one general "we" tone. Does it work? Perhaps 80% of the time, which isn't bad when you think about it. There were times that it felt as though it would have been ok to hear from a sister on her own, particularly when discussing their personal lives.

Because the sisters want us to truly understand everything about their lives and their history, the plot(?) drags a bit in places. There's also a lot about how important the curse is in their lives ("the sins of the father...") and yet we spend more time on their daily lives than on that part. More about how it affected the previous generations, less about the chemistry and current day, and this would have been tighter.

Also, the ending didn't quite work. There should have been a different sounding voice then (no spoilers as to why) and it just sounded the same as before.

ARC provided by publisher.

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