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Isabelle, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Smell of Other People's Houses

The premise of this book, is four individual stories, set in Alaska, that intertwine and combine at the end. While this makes for an interesting story, particularly when you see how the characters view each other, and prejudices they have, for this story to work, it relies on too many coincidences to be believable. It leaves the reader dropping the book to ask "is it really possible they just happened to run into each other? How big is Alaska anyway?" And because of the surplus of narrators, there isn't really enough time for in depth, believable character development in each one. This isn't to say the story is not enjoyable, it is well written and engaging just not believable, or with as much depth as I would have liked.

Posted on: 23rd March 2017 at 05:21 pm

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