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Abbie, St Robert of Newminster RC School and Sixth Form College

The Smell of Other People's Houses

A personal favourite for me in terms of types of books, are those which are told from multiple narrative perspectives which, in the end, spiral together to unravel the mystery and leave the reader with hopes of a sequel. 'The Smell Of Other People's Houses' was this kind of book: told from the points of view of Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank. These teenagers live very different lives, therefore throughout the duration of the book I was desperate to know the connection between each one of them; this meant it was more satisfying when everything fell into place at the end.
Without giving away too much, the story follows these teenagers through their lives in Alaska where significant events occur in significant places (which are marked on a map in the front of the book.)With the mention of these places, you begin to uncover some connections between some of the teens' lives as certain place names seem to repeat throughout the novel.
Overall, this is an intriguing novel which I would definitely recommend as it kept me enthralled.

Posted on: 21st June 2017 at 09:00 am

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