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Matthew, King Edward VI Grammar School

The Smell of Other People's Houses

I found this a somewhat boring novel. From four different points of view, this book was full of cliché characters, irritating coincidences and chapter sandwiches which were too long. The rotation of four characters who each spoke in the same first person with the same style meant I constantly forgot who was who and was constantly using the blurb and flipping through chapters in an attempt to remember who was speaking.
Originally the book was interesting and about an interesting life, then it became too predictable, we could see everything happen several times while the interconnecting bonds were extremely cheesy.
Hitchcock reveals at the end that it was originally a lot of short stories, this may explain the long chapters, but why couldn’t she split the book into shorter segments such as in Salt to the Sea?

Posted on: 5th May 2017 at 10:58 pm

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