Welcome back to the ABB Book Club (ABBBC).
It has been a while I know and I apologise. It has been a difficult 12 months but I am so very glad to be picking up the books again.
For the past 2 weeks I have had my head stuck in Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
So I guess this is more of a book review than a Book Club discussion.
I’ll be totally honest, I struggled to get into the book. I have had it on the side for a couple of months and would read a page here and there but it was only at the beginning of April that I finally decided I needed to get it read. After a few chapters I managed to really get into it and read it in, just short of, two weeks.
Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. But she hides dark secrets and her childhood years.
For those not wanting spoilers, click away now!
The book was strongly recommended to me by quite a few people so I had very high expectations before I had even turned the first page and I think this is where I went wrong.
The book, once I got into it, is easy to read and the story line is pretty easy to understand and follow. The plot ‘twists’ and ‘turns’ didn’t hugely shock me and I think a lot of the time you could see them coming.
The only thing I was shocked by was that Eleanor and Raymond didn’t end up together. Yes, throughout the book you can see the relationship materialising but at the end of the book it left it totally open. Although, it didn’t leave me thinking ‘what next what next?’ It left me feeling a bit deflated knowing that they probably did end up together and that was that. It had a very ‘meh’ ending with no real way of entertaining a sequel.
I understand the writing may of intended for no sequel but that doesn’t mean the ending cant leave you with some sort of feeling.
This is a book which addresses some significant, serious issues, and it is to be applauded for that. However, for me it didn’t really work as a novel. It just bobbed along like an Eastenders episode that never really turns into anything spectacular.
The book can be purchased on Amazon for just £4.00. Buy it here.
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