Sunday, June 21, 2009

(51) The House On Fortune Street by Margot Livesey

This book was *so* not what I expected. Based on the cover and the blurb on the back, that apparently I only partially read, I was expecting this book to be a light and fluffy book about two friends sharing a house in London, looking for love & happiness.

I could NOT have been more wrong.

The House On Fortune Street is a story about Dara and the events that shaped her life to become who she becomes and why she did what she did.

Dara's story is told in four parts, from four different perspectives. First there is Sean, the boyfriend of Dara's best friend, and landlord, Abigail. The second part is told by Cameron, Dara's father. The third is told specifically about Dara, but it doesn't appear to be told from any one person's perspective. If any, Edward, Dara's married lover. The fourth section is told in Abigail's voice.

I don't want to give to much away about the story, but let me assure you, this is NOT a "feel good" book. Life is hard. Dara's past relationships play a huge factor into how her story progresses. As women we all have had relationships with men that have shaped us into how we relate to men today. Our fathers, our grandfathers, our brothers, childhood friends, and even past boyfriends all influence the relationships we have with men in our lives today.

As Dara's story unfolds, you can see that her relationship with her father & past boyfriends have a direct impact on her interactions & reactions to the man in her life today. With tragic results.

The House On Fortune Street is an enthralling, disturbing book that you will find hard to put down. It is not an easy read, it is not a feel-good read, but it is a good read. You will not regret reading about Dara and her life.


Brandie said...

Sounds pretty good. Think I'm gonna have to try it...

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