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Eva, Exeter School

The Smell of Other People's Houses

Overall, I didn't dislike this book. I kind of enjoyed reading it and it was quite well written but when I look back on it, nothing really stands out.

The beginning definitely interested me and I was quite excited to find out more about a time and place unexplored in most books I've read. The pacing was also good and the story rarely bored you.

However, for a book that seemed to be focusing mainly on the characters, I think it had a lot of wasted potential. I don't have much of an issue with books from multiple points of view but there seemed to be far too many characters for this technique to work well here. Each of our main characters saw everyone else (as well as each other) differently and there were so many links between them that I nearly had to write down all of the characters names along with everyone they were related to to make any sense of the plot. When you get to the point where you can barely remember who anyone is, it is almost impossible to relate to or take interest in anybody. I am exaggerating bit here but not that much.

The ending to this book I can barely remember. All the individual characters (as well as their own motives and personalities) had almost mushed together completely in my head by this point so all I can remember is that it ended unrealistically happily and worked out too well for everybody.

The setting was interesting (although lacked description) and the plot was quite exciting. The characters weren’t completely forgettable either (despite having voices that were almost indistinguishable; pretty important in a multiple POV story) but overall it had a small lasting impact. For me it was just generally a bit ‘meh’.

Posted on: 12th June 2017 at 07:37 pm

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