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Pauline's Fantasy Reviews

Reviews of fantasy books, plus some mystery, sci-fi and literary works, and my random thoughts on book-related matters.

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The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - Maggie O'Farrell I loved this book. It is a story of three related women which slowly unfurls like a flower to reveal the truth within. It is beautifully written on every level - use of language, characterisation, plot - and the secrets which emerge are both shocking and yet totally believable.

The author is wonderful at leading the reader into the mind of her characters, especially child-Esme, whose intelligence and otherworldliness is brilliantly realised.

A number of reviewers found the ending mysterious or abrupt, but I thought it was perfectly clear and entirely understandable from the series of revelations which preceded it. And who would blame Esme for such an act?

I highly recommend this book.