Wednesday, 23 April 2014

" Things We Never Say " by Sheila O'Flanagan

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.......

A family brought together for the reading of their father's will.  Two brothers who both believe they deserve the inheritance.  A sister they who has been estranged for years. Two sister-in-laws who feel hard done by. A bitter ex-wife and demanding teenage children hover in the backround.  This is the story of one elderly man's legacy and his desire to do the right thing, whoever it upsets.  An unexpected stranger who arrives, from California, only adds to the mayhem ......

Sheila O'Flanagan has been a best-selling author for many years, rarely out of the book charts.  She has a huge fan base and is known worldwide for her women's fiction novels.  However, this one was just not for me.  The story was interesting to begin with, a family at war over their father's estate, but the characters were so shallow and hateful, I began to tire of the whole book very quickly.  I found it too predictable, very drawn out (Over 500 pages) and quite dated  in its format.  It reminded me of books I read in the late 80s and early 90s which were choc-full of designer clothes, nice locations and lots of property dreams and power suits.  I think the world of women's fiction has moved on from this and it is now more important to have a great narrative and inspiring characters. With so many amazing new novelists out there, the reader is spoilt for choice.  In saying that,  Sheila O'Flanagan is a very successful writer who most certainly does not need the approval of a little book blogger, like me, to end up on the inevitable best-seller lists and I genuinely wish her all the best with this novel. 

Things We Never Say is published by headline Review on 24th April 2014 and is available in paperback and ebook format.

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