Oct 22, 2014 - Book Reviews    No Comments

Book Review: OF THINGS GONE ASTRAY by Janina Matthewson

This was a really interesting book to read. Each chapter is from a different character’s point of view (with a couple of vignettes spread throughout), and tells the stories of how each one copes with suddenly lost something important to them, although their actual importance is not apparent in the beginning, and the consequences are further reaching than anyone could have expected.

First, the downside – some of the chapters were incredibly short, which made switching to a new person quite jarring. There were also quite a few characters that I didn’t connect with at all, so their chapters were simply marking time until I could get back to the “good stuff”. They weren’t bad, they just weren’t as interesting as some of the other characters.

The upshot is though, when it’s good, it’s very good. Delia, Jake and Mrs Featherby were my favourite threads – they were beautifully written, and I was very interested to see how their parts played out. I also really like how each part of the story was tied up neatly at the end – I won’t go into more detail because that would spoil it, suffice to say that it explained and almost made up for some of the less interesting characters.

I’m not bursting to share this book with everyone I come across, but it was a good read and definitely worth the time.

Purchase: Book Depository

I received this book in exchange for a review.

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