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Lizzie, Kingswood Carnegie Club

Salt to the Sea

This book enchanted me. It was a fabulous idea and executed very well, what with the four points of view and the wildly different personalities- kind Joana, Mr Trust Issues Florian; naïve and optimistic Emilia and egotistical Alfred. However, there were a few points I would like to pick up on.

Firstly, I would like to have seen more of Eva instead of her just as the cynic at the back. I thought she was the light-hearted touch the book deserved- you don't want to depress your audience, after all. Most aspects of the story were hauntingly sad, which is in no way a bad thing, but if the story is all sad then the reader may lose interest, so I definitely would have liked her to play a more crucial role in the story that wasn't just "THAT friend".

Secondly, I was very intrigued to know the story behind the Jagers, and there was little depth into that. There was less of a big reveal about Hannelore - more of a small knitted blanket being pulled off the watered-down idea. Not the ending reveal- the one that happened halfway through the book (I'm trying not to give anything away, bear with me) and it would have been nice to know more.

Lastly, there was the whole Dr. Lange thing. I understood, but that was left on a bit of a cliffhanger and I would have liked to have a finish to the Amber Room thing. What happened to Florian's secret thing which I'm trying not to reveal?

To conclude, however, I adored this book. The characters were amazing, it was compelling and it ticked all my boxes for a winner. Those few loose ends were the only things that I didn't like so much, but overall I think it is brilliantly written, the right balance of action and dialogue and utterly beautiful- oh yes, and if you're reading it for the first time, you WILL need tissues.

Posted on: 23rd May 2017 at 05:11 pm

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