Wednesday, 7 August 2013

The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson

A chick lit with more to it than the normal traditional read. A story about family life, how it can go wrong and how different personalities cope. Additionally to this there is the added suspense of a murder and guessing which characters to trust and who is telling the truth. The book is written in the view of 5 main characters so you get to know each one well. A complex plot, but well written so you get to really understand each persons view point. One of the most fascinating things about this book is seeing how each character copes with the situation and how different personalities behave differently in difficult circumstances. 

Throughout the book the story deepens as you learn more about what has happened and it definitely contains some unexpected twists. There is a lot of emotion in the book and you really feel for the main character Tamia who has been stuck in the middle of the situation. She comes across as a vulnerable character making you warm to her. Not all characters in the book are pleasant which I always find adds to the enjoyment of a book, making it more realistic almost.

Overall rating: 8/10 - I personally enjoyed the excitement of trying to work out who to believe and what the outcome of the murder investigation was going to be. The book was not all about the murder which was a good thing - a lot of in-depth character insight was the main aspect of this book. Having been a fan of Dorothy's previous books, this didn't disappoint and it was possibly my favourite Dorothy Koomson's book so far! I would recommend to those that like a book that keeps you guessing, one which sees a story from different viewpoints and one that you can take your time reading. Definitely a book that makes you think and great for a more chilled holiday, where you have time to concentrate and speculate over a book! It would also be a fantastic book for a long journey where you want something to take your mind off your travelling and make it go quickly!

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