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Lucy, St Helen and St Katharine

The Smell of Other People's Houses

Ruth has a secret that she can't hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with the life she's always known on her family's fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it's safer to run away than to stay home--until one of them ends up in terrible danger. Four very different lives are about to become entangled. I thought that The Smell Of Other People's houses was very engaging and easy to read, and the characters were very relatable. The only thing I could say was that it sort of meandered a bit, without a main plot. The other thing that confused me were the different chapters from the different characters point of view. I would read a chapter in Alyce's perspective, and then read one in Ruth's perspective, and be like "But... She was on The Squid... and now she's at home with her grandmother?!" But overall, I thought that it was a really good book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I would recommend it for older readers, though, and maybe if a younger person was reading it, take out the first 30 pages. But again, some people like to read that sort of stuff. I would give this book a 8 out of 10 as it was very well written, but again, it sort of meandered.

Posted on: 24th May 2017 at 11:10 am

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