I really enjoyed Candlish's three recent books (Disappearance of Emily Marr, the swimming pool and Sudden Departure of the Frasers). Exploring her older work, however, has been less rewarding. I thought 'Since I don't have you' was dull and unengaging and 'Other Peoples' Secrets' although better than that, is only so-so. This one reminds one strongly of her other books. In 'Since I don't have you' a woman who has lost her young child runs off to the sun to try and cope with her grief, choosing a Greek Island. In this book a young woman loses her young chid and runs away to to the sun to cope with her grief, this time choosing an Italian lake. So, completely different.then, although at at least this time the bereaved wife takes her husband with her, if only to use as an emotional punchbag. Candlish also has a yen for impossibly good looking rich and charismatic characters - Lara Channing in the Swimming Pool, Amber Fraser in 'sudden departure' and here we have a whole family of them, the Sales, led by international businessman Marty. Then there is his beautiful wife and his beautiful children,not least his younger daughter Pippi. The son has a relationship-related trauma going on, although we are not told exactly what it is until a few chapters from the end. Given there are only realistically two or three possibilities, the revelation when it comes is a bit underwhelming, especially as there have been one or two less than subtle clues earlier on. The son however is not a key player in the book. Even less significant is the elder (lesbian) daughter Esther, who remarkably for the genre is neither tormented by her sexuality, butch or predatory, but good looking (of course) and generally understated and sympathetic. Given she fulfils no plot-significant function whatsoever, one does wonder what she is doing in the book other than boosting the author's PC credentials. Which brings us to the plot. Or lack of it. Rather like some of Candlish's other books, not a lot happens for several chapters at a time, although she does write so well that most of the time you forgive her for it. What intrigue there is surrounds the mysterious impossibly good-looking (surprise surprise) young man Zach who appears out of nowhere. My initial theories were that he would either somehow seduce all the other characters or be a sort of 'inspector calls' figure who causes everyone else to look at themselves in a different way. When neither of these materialises it is just case of waiting for the reveal of exactly who he really turns out to be. Given there are realistically only two options the big twist we all know must be coming is a bit of a letdown (although I guessed the wrong one). A few things are unconvincing. The logistics of how Zach appears in their midst, the way he is so quickly adopted and accepted by everyone (except Adam) and most significantly, how someone who has spent half the book overwhelmed by grief and generally making everyone around her as miserable as she is should suddenly morph into a lovesick teenager after a chance 30 second encounter with a rich good looking man.
Anyway, reservations aside, still (just about) worth a read but I'm getting a bit bored of reading (normal and boring) 'us' and (impossibly good looking charismatic) 'them' themed books now.
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Not up to parCommenté au Royaume-Uni le 27 octobre 2019
I have really enjoyed this author’s recent books and wanted to explore her back catalogue. Unfortunately I found this book tedious with a host of unlikeable characters that I just couldn’t care about , despite the traumas they had suffered. The writing felt laboured and the book went nowhere quickly. Not for me and made me have second thoughts on reading other past books by Candlish.
Dr.Alison Anne Blank
Beautiful Italy, intriguing characters and sensitive storytellingCommenté au Royaume-Uni le 22 septembre 2018
My third LC book and possibly the best so far. This novel is set in a gorgeous Italian lakeside town, beautifully described by the author, giving a strong sense of place. The characters too are utterly believable real people, with problems and relationship issues. The most significant of these in my opinion being the shared grief of Ginny and Adam. I savoured this book, not wanting to finish. I am planning my next LC read!
Intriguing, beautifully written novelCommenté au Royaume-Uni le 1 janvier 2017
I've read a couple of her other books and can't say I was particularly impressed, but this book was in a different league entirely. When the lives of two families - the Sales and the Trustloves collide in a beautiful Italian setting, at a pivotal point in their lives - the events that ensue will transform both families forever. Lovely pampered Bea is considering the end of her marriage to her successful philandering husband, while Martin and Ginny have come on holiday to recover from a shattering personal loss. Who is enigmatic stranger Zach and why has he suddenly come into the lives of these two families? I thought I had guessed the answer but I got it wrong. Candlish writes beautifully about grief and the mourning process. TBH based on the previous books I read I would never have guessed this was her work. A fine novel well worth reading.
Marquis of Pembroke
Not one of her better booksCommenté au Royaume-Uni le 22 septembre 2018
Not one of Candlish's best efforts. The characters were all quite dislikeable, the woman who had lost her baby was irritating and didn't arouse sympathy. Far fetched twist at the end of the story, and no real conclusion. It passes the time as a holiday read but disappointing after reading other books by same author