The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison came to my attention via a glowing book review on another blog.  This is another book I had high hopes for which turned-out to be a big disappointment.  I thought there was way too much telling and not enough showing in this book.  As a result, I did not feel deeply for any of the characters in the story who all seem to have some type of sexual problem to contend with. I just didn’t buy it.

The first and foremost rule of writing is that the writer – show not tell their story.  I think the author of this book missed that critical concept and I’m surprised the book was “shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction”.  I just didn’t think the writing was very good.  This is Alison’s first book so I will give her the benefit of the doubt.  My question is, What were the publishers thinking?

The book contains snippets of World War II history that appear to be thrown in rather than woven into the story.  I just didn’t like this book at all.  I kept reading it with hopes that at some point, it would get better, but unfortunately, it never did.  What a pity.

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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