Book 78 – We are all Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Fowler

This is my book club book for November not sure that I would have bought this myself but I am so glad I have.  I read this while off with the kids for half term and quickly read it in 24 hours.

At first glance it is about a daughter (Rosemary)  who seems to have lost her twin sister you assume through death though at the back of your mind even from the start of the book you are wondering what has happened to her.  The loss of this sister has impacted on the whole family with the brother never accepting the loss of his sister and running away from home in his teens.  Leaving Rosemary a only child with the knowledge that she isn’t really the only daughter and there is a huge aching gap in the family.

The story starts when Rosemary is at University and realises that in order to move forward she needs to confront and face the past in order for her to move forward to adult life.  I am not going to go much further about the plot as to do so would be to give too much away and the book is best read like I did not knowing what the book is actually about and the plot unravels reading quicker and quicker till you get to the end.

What I will say is that I started out blaming the parents particularly the mother and wondering how she could allow the breakdown of her family to happen.  However by the end of the book I realised that events were outwith the Mother’s control and that in families nothing is ever as black and white as it first seems.

I was talking the other day about “Gone Girl” which is now a film and got huge publicity and hype.   I hated it and thought it was totally overated.  I had a concern when I started this one it would be the same but instead it was a very compelling, not always easy due to the subject matter but certainly a page turning book.


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40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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One Response to Book 78 – We are all Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Fowler

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