Seventy-four years and four continents are what it takes Maggie O’Farrell to tell the tale of Daniel and Claudette. He is an academic, a father, a divorcee and Irish American. She is British and an enigma. Theirs is a love story but will it have a happy ending?
We zoom back and forth in time and zig zag across the globe, as the story unfolds. Zip back ten years, move to a different country and suddenly an opaque aspect of the story becomes clear. At times we are told what happens to a character far into the distant future. Sometimes the micro story that you find yourself in seems totally separate from the main narrative, only for the information to suddenly make sense a few chapters on. Usually I get irritated with being led to up what seems to be the garden paths but I here I enjoyed every nook and cranny.
Parents, children, step children, lovers, siblings and college friends flit in and out of the narrative. One minute you are in London but you might just as easily pop up in Bolivia, France, India, the USA, Scotland or Ireland. At times you want to grab hold of Daniel and Claudette to give them a good shake and to stop being so stupid. And that happy ending? It’s well worth embarking on the time slipping, jet setting journey of THIS MUST BE THE PLACE to find out for yourself.
DISCLAIMER: I was sent a review copy by the publisher in return for an honest review.
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE by Maggie O’Farrell
Published by Tinder Press
Paperback £7.99, Kindle £3.99 (Kindle prices change by the day so check before you click!)
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE was one of my Top Ten Best Book for 2016 click here to see what the others were.