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I really enjoyed this book (especially as while reading it I was on the Scottish islands myself!) and can say that the setting descriptions and atmosphere created in this book is top-notch. I thought the book had an interesting premise with twists and turns, however, I’m wondering if I’m the only reader to be left feeling a little confused/weirded out by the ending. I don’t want to give anything away, but I found myself wondering how the characters could have a truly happy ending with the lies that had been told throughout, albeit lies told for a ‘good’ reason. I think my confusion lies in wanting the relationship between Alfie and Abby to be developed more in the present and not so based on events in the past. I didn’t ‘love’ Alfie myself, and I wish I did!!
All in all, a great book but perhaps more so for the cosy, feel-good factor (for me personally!)
The storyline is interesting but loose ends are left hanging, which was frustrating. Relative parts of the story end abruptly then recommence without portions of the previous narrative being explained or resolved. The biggest disappointment was not getting to read about the presumed confrontation between Abby and Coulson, the headmaster, which made it seem Beth's troubles were trivialised and that the bullying was not important enough to be given weight. Furthermore, what happens with Beth's singing? Did she get lessons? Did she follow a music career? Beth features heavily in this story so she it would have been great to know what her future held. After all, this story skips large periods of time so why not skip to the future to bring a satisfactory conclusion to the tale?
I liked all of the characters in this story apart from Cam, who was dishonest and used his best friend to achieve his objective.
It is well written with minimal editing or typo issues. A lot is covered in the twenty-five chapters but the cut off points in the narrative meant that the story did not always flow that smoothly. Overall, worth a read.
I don't know if I'd agree that this is "an absolutely gripping and heartbreaking" story but it was interesting! There is heartbreak, however. I can't say how I'd react in the situation but Abby was getting on my nerves at times. I felt she should just let it go but then if she had, there'd be no story! LOL I enjoyed the book! It is a different kind of story, which I like.