Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Girl in Times Square review


This was a good book, although not quite good enough to be in my top ten. It has all the trademarks of a favourite Sarah book: It’s set in New York City, the main character is an artist, there’s tragedy and death, and there’s a love story. But I almost forgot to write this review – I’ve read a whole other book since finishing this one, and I think a true sign of a good book is one that you continue to think about long after you’ve turned the last page, which was not the case here.
While this one was good, it didn’t blow my mind. And while I was glued to it in the last couple of chapters, part of me just wanted to finish the damn thing.
The characters were good, the drama was good, the setting was good, but in the end I felt a bit let down – it was an ending that made the whole book seem like it didn’t have much point, and a hell of a lot happened.
It’s quite hard to explain my feelings about this book without ruining the ending for those of you who want to read it, and if you do want to read it, don’t let me put you off – this is just one person’s opinion; it just wasn’t really for me.
I love Paullina Simons' books, but often they leave me with an empty feeling at the end – except for her Tatiana and Alexander series, that blew my mind.
But Tatiana and Alexander’s story was a lot different to her other books and it makes me think maybe she’s just better at writing the intense, heart-breaking love story set in the midst of history rather than modern thrillers with a bit of romance thrown in.

*Above picture: "Kissing the War Goodbye" by Alfred Eisenstaedt

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