The Divide by Nicholas Evans
THIS is essentially a good book, with a compelling narrative and some well-rounded characters. The trouble is the first chapter may put you off reading the rest. In a way it is a necessary scene-setter, detailing as it does with the discovery of the body
THIS is essentially a good book, with a compelling narrative and some well-rounded characters.
The trouble is the first chapter may put you off reading the rest. In a way it is a necessary scene-setter, detailing as it does with the discovery of the body of a young girl, whose story the rest of the book tells.
But it's far longer than needed, introducing two unnecessary characters who are never involved in the novel again, and giving endless descriptions of the mountainous landscaping.
Evans (who also wrote The Horse Whisperer) used to be a screenwriter and it shows - it's like he's writing the camera directions for the opening shots of a film and it just doesn't work in the book.
So gloss over the first chapter and move onto the rest of the book and enjoy an interesting read about love, families, and the fragile, impressionable mind of a young woman whose sense of stability is rocked to the core. 3/5
- 1 Stevenage Pizza Hut closure prompts Nando's plans
- 2 Men sentenced after guns and class A drugs uncovered at Ickleford property
- 3 A1(M) closed in both directions due to fallen cables
- 4 Stevenage MP earns over £4,000 per month from other jobs
- 5 Woman on trial over bottles smashed in Aldi store
- 6 Bubble tea emporium opens in Stevenage
- 7 Closures lifted on A1(M) after emergency services deem road safe
- 8 Anti-spiking campaign launched at Old Town pub
- 9 High winds stop Stevenage Christmas lights switch-on event
- 10 Former army major sentenced after pillion rider dies in motorcycle crash