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Wow! I downloaded this book earlier today and started reading it. I literally could not stop until I had finished it. The main characters to begin with are Caroline and her mother Isabelle; we learn rather less about the thoughts of the other sister, Madeleine. All are still suffering, in their individual ways, from the disappearance of the five-year old sister, Evie, some years before. There is also a moving and realistic account of Isabelle's unhappy marriage and how it affected both her and her daughters. Then another voice comes into the novel; Agnes Fowler, who we get to know through her letters to various people and in particular to her Husky Alaskan. She is a great character, quirky and a rather eccentric if perhaps a bit too open about her life and thought!. There are also some minor characters, Caroline's friends in New Orleans, who give the story a further touch of lightness and humour. The novel has some great twists and turns. I look forward to reading more works by this author
My sister and I and everyone we've recommended How To Be Lost to has loved it. It's a beautifully written story about 3 sisters and their journey. It's poignant and sad at times but definitely worth a few emotional moments. If you're a sister read it!!
Amanda Eyre Ward écrit ici l'histoire d'une jeune fille dont la petite sœur a disparu des années auparavant et dont la famille et elle-même ne s'est jamais vraiment remis de cette disparition. Mais des événements plus ou moins anodins la poussent à se lancer dans un quête (folle) pour retrouver sa sœur. Plus qu'une enquête, ce livre parle des relations familiales, de ce que la perte d'un être cher entraine, du deuil, de la difficulté de passer à autre chose, de l'espoir, du désespoir... Sans jamais être complaisant ni à l'eau de rose, c'est un livre bien écrit car touchant, humain et sincère. Je vous le recommande chaudement.
Comparisons between this and "The Lovely Bones" are inaccurate and undeserved. While Lovely Bones has thoughtful, engaging characters and a plot line that intrigues the reader, this novel has neither of these and leaves you feeling empty. You don't really care what happens to the main protagonist in this book as she is superficial and unrelatable.
The plot jumps from one third person point of view to another, making the story jumbled and aggravating.
Oh, and the author cuts the book off right when something in the plot actually happens that is interesting.
If you want something like the Lonely Bones, then read that.
I had to read this book twice as I was uncertain when it ended about some of the important details the author had given which slid right past me the first time around. I find that I still have a question as to the denoument. I'm not sure whether it's because the author hasn't tied up all the ribbons or because I may not have understood. In any case it is such a beautifully plotted novel with believable characters and great dialogue. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it.
This book was unlike anything I'd read in the past. It realistically depicted family and sibling relationships, and the narrator, Caroline Winters, was at once deeply troubled and hysterical. I was engaged in this book from cover to cover, mostly because I really wanted to know what happened, not so much because the writing was anything extremely memorable. But the story was engrossing and the ending did not disappoint. A quick summer read.
Huge disappointment after reading Under the Same Sky. Hard to believe that it is the same author. If I had read this one first, I would not have read another Eyre Ward book. Slow moving. Too many loose ends that don't make sense. Agreed with the comment about the writer's excuses for not finishing the book.