Accidentally on purpose

4 07 2006

Book front cover

Title:
The Accidental
Author:
Ali Smith
ISBN:
0141010398
Rating:
2 out of 5 stars

Family on a break at a Norfolk cottage are visited by Amber, a bizarre individual who invades their lives, shakes them all up and then leaves, leaving them in fragments.

Nice premise, well written, entertaining in some parts, insightful narrative and some great characterisation but ultimately unsatisfactory I felt. The switch of perspectives is at times irritating but nevertheless, for some of the characters, it does work quite well.

But, overall, just doesn’t quite cut if for me.

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