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Hannah, St Helen and St Katharine

The Smell of Other People's Houses

The Smell Of Other People's Houses is a good, solid read. I found that the epilogue of the book was somewhat off-putting and miss-leading with the subject of the dead deer on the first page. The plot of the book tells the story, set in Alaska 1970, from the perspectives of Ruth, a 16 year old girl living in Fairbanks, Dora, also 16 and living in Fairbanks, Alyce, whose cousin is Selma (Ruth's friend) and Hank, a boy running away from home with his two brothers. The stories are all separate at the beginning, Ruth, Dora and Alyce all knew about each other but nothing big had happened yet. So soon, I found it very satisfying how the pieces fell into place as the story progressed, although it could be a bit predictive at times. I did find myself more eager to read about Ruth and Dora instead of Alyce and Hank due to a more exciting story line.
Overall, I would give this book a 4/5 and would recommend that you read it. The characters are interesting and the plot works well.

Posted on: 27th March 2017 at 08:46 am

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