11.24.2010

The Last Will of Moira Leahy

This, Therese Walsh’s first novel, is brilliant.  I’ll admit that after reading the first few pages I was ready to put it down and move on to another book (it’s a little slow to start).  But the very next time I picked it up, I could not put it back down.  About every other chapter is a flashback to the time when the main character and her twin sister were growing up.  This gives you the background to the main character’s emotions in the present time. Each chapter, whether about the past or during the present, builds up so that the space between the two becomes smaller and smaller with each chapter read.  The climax is when the two stories crash together…it’s all really hard to explain without giving anything away.  I want whoever reads this next to be just as surprised by every little thing as I was.  So, all I can say is that you should read this book.  It’s engaging, and although at first you may not be able to identify with the story or the character, you will get into it if you keep reading.  I still can’t identify with the main character, considering that she is a prodigy, is in love with a British man, and has a twin, but I still came to understand her.  This story opens the reader’s eyes to strange ideas and emotions.  Put this book on your must-read list.

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