The Almost Moon – Alice Sebold

Brief Synopsis: A woman, Helen, smothers her overbearing, mentally ill mother to death. The book tracks her actions in the following 24 hours.

Good Points: It’s a definite break away from the supernatural sentimentality of The Lovely Bones but retains Sebold’s beautiful prose style.

Bad Points: Because of the above statement, I doubt that it’ll be remembered. It was exciting – secrets are unravelled as the plot goes on and the entire story takes place within a day – but I was expecting more, I think.

Good For: When you fancy something not-too-challenging to read but cannot stand the sight of another Sophie Kinsella.

Overall: 3/5

What’s nest on the reading list? The Forsyte Saga – John Gallsworthy

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