Friday, 4 April 2014

No-Nonsense Reviews - Blackout by Emily Barr

Pros
+ Short, fast-moving story
+ Interesting plot twists
+ Large, easy-to-read font
+ Interesting presentation

YMMV
+/- Slightly implausible ending

Cons
- Very few contractions in writing makes it feel stilted and simplified

I picked up this book at Waterstones on a whim without knowing anything about the author and little about the plot as the blurb isn't exactly detailed--but for £1 you can hardly go wrong.  I finished it in around an hour (they really are quick reads).

It didn't start entirely promisingly as the writing felt a bit stilted, but once beyond the first chapter things picked up and I found that I couldn't tear myself away.  The change in font between present and past sections was jarring but made it clear at a glance exactly when things were happening, and the starkness of the font for the past sections was an interesting choice given the plot.

It doesn't take long for you to start feeling sorry for Sophie and the plot moves at a fair lick, being well paced despite the slightly odd way it's written.  It manages to keep you on her side despite the events of the past and you root for her in the present sections, although the ending came a little quickly and I wasn't wholly sure I believed in it.

Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable way to while away an hour or so.

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