May 5, 2015 - Book Reviews    No Comments

Book Review: THE BOOKSELLER by Cynthia Swanson

A provocative and hauntingly powerful debut novel reminiscent of Sliding Doors, The Bookseller follows a woman in the 1960s who must reconcile her reality with the tantalizing alternate world of her dreams

Nothing is as permanent as it appears …

Convinced that these dreams are simply due to her overactive imagination, Kitty enjoys her nighttime forays into this alternate world. But with each visit, the more irresistibly real Katharyn’s life becomes. Can she choose which life she wants? If so, what is the cost of staying Kitty, or becoming Katharyn?

This book had a really interesting premise, I’m not sure I’ve read anything quite like it before. Even besides that, the concept of parallel worlds/lives is just plain fun.

Unfortunately, The Bookseller suffers from being kinda boring. It’s really hard to talk about the plot without giving too much away, so all I’ll say on that topic is this – it’s not poorly written, it’s just not engaging. Neither Kitty nor Katharyn’s lives are particularly interesting, and often feel like they’re building up to a revelation that never quite arrives. The rest of the characters – and especially their relationships – feel so cookie-cutter as to be almost unbelievable.

I wish I had more positive things to say about it. I did like the detail in the world building, and the way history was worked into the background. That was very neatly done. And when it’s all said and done, it’s not a bad book, it’s just not good.

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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