Wednesday 22 June 2016

The Art of Forgetting By Julie McLaren

The Art of Forgetting By Julie McLaren
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

This book is really well-written and the mystery at its heart is really what intrigued me. The characters are very well thought-out and come alive when you read. However, the main protagonist, Laura, was a bit too passive for me. If I had such an irritating husband, I would have punched his lights out. She puts up with way too much.

Her mother, Judy's illness (dementia or Alzheimer's) is portrayed really well and would be understood by others who have relatives in a similar situation. However, Judy's struggle with dementia does not overwhelm the book. Instead, the author has actually used the illness as a backdrop to a murder mystery. It is a woman's struggle to remember an important event while struggling with a progressive disease in her brain. Beautiful but so sad.

It is a good read but I found Judy's daughter, Laura's personality really annoying hence 3.5 out of 5

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