British writer O'Farrell turns a deceptively simple romantic novel into an engrossing story of psychological suspense. Lily, a young Londoner, meets Marcus, an architect, at an art opening, and they fall for each other. Within a week, she's moved into his loft, which he also shares with Aidan, a film animator. Lily takes over a room once occupied by Marcus's ex-girlfriend, Sinead. Marcus says very little about Sinead, except that "she's no longer As Lily and Marcus become more deeply involved, Lily becomes obsessed with Sinead's fate and thinks she sees her everywhere; especially disconcerting are Sinead's spectral appearances while Lily and Marcus are making love.
Then one day, Lily stumbles across the real Sinead and attempts to question her about her relationship with Marcus. Sinead flees, but Lily tracks her down; she finds that Sinead is a lecturer in English literature, and finally gets her to tell why she broke up with Marcus.
Sinead's story makes up the second part of the book, chronicling the onset and passionate height of their five-year affair and her discovery that he was an inveterate philanderer. It was a little different than I'm used to, but I did enjoy reading it. However, there was one section that was a little confusing.
It took me a little while to realize that the book has actually switched to another character's voice the first person ; in fact, at first I had to check the "Part 2" headin I liked this book. It took me a little while to realize that the book has actually switched to another character's voice the first person ; in fact, at first I had to check the "Part 2" heading, see if there was a name or year mentioned. Nothing, just part 2. Not only does this section switch over to another character who was previously only alluded to before , but sections are going back and forth in time, though they are both still set in the past.
So one section, sometimes just a few pages long, is first person, past tense in the past; then you are suddenly reading in the third person present tense a few years into the future of this same person, back and forth, back and forth. I found this a little confusing and couldn't figure out why the author did this.
Actually, I do see why, comparison of phases of a relationship but it's a little hard to follow at first. Basically there are two stories of Sinead's past, which are divided up into smaller bits and shown in alternating strips. There wasn't any headings warning you of what was to come, just this back and forth bit. Other than that, this book was a page turner.
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The beginning main character, Lily, falls rather quickly into a relationship with a man who has lost his girlfriend Sinaed. She rents a room in his flat, and they quickly fall into a relationship. He Marcus has another roommate, Aidan, who seems a little hostile and disapproving. Lily begins experiencing events that appear to be hauntings. This section was a little suspenseful. Everything is not as it seems though. Lily becomes rather obsessed with finding out more about Sinead. Lily's inner stalker comes out, and Marcus also begins to show some odd behavior.
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You get some glimpses of Aidan's life also, quick little asides that just seem to make him more mysterious-until, of course, later. Then the strange section begins with back and forths from Sinead's point of view, from way past-first-person-past-tense, to recent? This goes on for awhile, back and forth. This section, though interesting was difficult to read; it was hard for me to keep the events straight in my head.
I still found the book interesting; interesting enough to think about reading other works by Maggie O'Farrell. She did exercise my brain a bit with her writing style. Her characters are not perfect human beings, which I liked- how many of us are completely wonderful people after all? Her characters do stupid, and sometimes cruel things-just like real people do. All in all, a good book. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. You know when you're really hungry and you don't know what it is exactly that you want, but you find something and after your finished you can't help but say "Mm, that was good. I didn't really have any time to read a book with school and all, but I took this book home over the weekend and I could not put it down. When I first started reading it it reminded me so much of Rebecca and then You know when you're really hungry and you don't know what it is exactly that you want, but you find something and after your finished you can't help but say "Mm, that was good.
When I first started reading it it reminded me so much of Rebecca and then when I read the blurb it even says, "With a nod to Rebecca. The room that she moves into still appears as if someone is there. He tells her that it belongs to Sinead, his ex-girlfriend, "who is not with us anymore. She's curious to find out what happened to Sinead, how did she die, when out for a walk one day she sees Sinead and its not her ghostly presence, but the real thing! I feel like that is a spoiler. There are a few really good twists and turns, and the writing is fantastic. Maggie O'Farrell does this great job of including all the characters voices.
At times it gets confusing with who is talking or what time are we in. But then this is a story about love and love is confusing so it actually is a nice creative touch. Ahh, those UK authors!! Feb 08, Shaz Edwards rated it liked it. Definitely one of my favourite authors I love her writing style but this book was definitely my least favourite of all of hers. The story is really fast paced in the beginning full of a ghost mystery but loses pace in the middle and then seems to change direction by the end.
I did persevere to finish because it was an O'Farrell book if it had been written by anyone else I would have ditched it midway through! Aug 08, Diane rated it liked it. I'm a fan of Maggie O'Farrell. I like her style and most of her stories have an interesting psychological twist to them. This one started off strong, centering around Lily, a young woman who meets and rather quickly moves in with a Marcus, a handsome architect.
She's soon haunted by Marcus' ex-girlfriend, Sinead, who's mysteriously no longer with Marcus. The first part of the story follows Lily as she tries to find out what happened to Sinead. The second part of the novel explains the mystery an I'm a fan of Maggie O'Farrell.
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The second part of the novel explains the mystery and the third and fourth parts describe the fallout. It's in the last two parts that the story seems to fizzle. I felt like more could have been done and the ending seemed a bit odd. I will continue to read other works by O'Farrell though as I think she's shown a lot of promise. Oct 08, Mo Fanning rated it it was ok. After reading 'After you'd gone', this was a let down.
It feels like a very basic romantic novel that strives to be seen as something more weighty by sending the heroine to China instead of shopping and adds lengthy, pretentious chunks of descriptive setting.
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The story is wafer thin and drags. After Part 1, I started to skip pages, for any intrigue was removed, then it became a touch whiney and repetitive. It took me forever to get through as I really couldn't bring myself to care enough to pick After reading 'After you'd gone', this was a let down. It took me forever to get through as I really couldn't bring myself to care enough to pick it up. All in all, I cannot recommend it, but would still read later work by Maggie O'Farrell given the quality of the debut novel I read before this.
Mar 20, Katherine rated it it was ok. After reading After You'd Gone I was expecting to be rooting for the protagonist Lily and her relationship that seemed to be developing with Marcus, but both their characters were so one dimensional and lifeless that I cared much more about Marcus's ex Sinead the lover's lover. Maybe that's what the intention of the writer is? Even so, I still found it quite a page turner and looked forward to the conclusion. I will be giving her other books a go - I like her unusual writing style After reading After You'd Gone I was expecting to be rooting for the protagonist Lily and her relationship that seemed to be developing with Marcus, but both their characters were so one dimensional and lifeless that I cared much more about Marcus's ex Sinead the lover's lover.
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I will be giving her other books a go - I like her unusual writing style, which changes tense and character, past and present, without any warning. Sep 05, Hazel Osmond rated it liked it. Had read two other Maggie O'Farrell books and while there were some parts of this one that I found haunting, and writing that was sublime, overall it seemed to be trying too hard. O'Farrell's beautiful way of piecing together her plots and backstories clunks a bit in this one, I felt. Also, I really didn't like the way the ending felt rushed and bolted on.
Still worth reading though but felt the manipulation was too obvious in this one. Mar 03, Shriti Chatterjee rated it did not like it. Part one is about something supernatural, Part two is the long-winded, absolutely boring story of why the ex-lover disappeared, Part three is just running commentary on present status of the relationships, and then Part Four is just I'm immensely disappointed by this book because Part One was so promising, and the book seemed to have so many possibilities at that point.
Just flat; No flesh and bones to any of them. This book wasn't it for me. It didn't grip me as I hoped it would. It took me three months to finish it.
It's a shame, because I'm sure it's a good book. Just not for me. Jul 08, Amy Kelly rated it liked it. It was just okay. Apr 28, Caroline Wilson rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading more of what Maggie O'Farrell has written. Apr 12, Rachel rated it did not like it. Why does Lily keep seeing Sinead? Bu ne garip bi sondur. Apr 07, Julie Tombs rated it liked it. The story starts off well, is filled with suspense but very quickly loses the plot.
It centres around a somewhat self centred architect who moves his new girlfriend into his flat and more from he doesn't say she deduces his ex girlfriend has died. The girlfriend, Lily, a somewhat flat character sees the ex girlfriend around the flat leading the reader to deduce she is seeing ghosts. I am still unclear as to the point of this apart from making us think the architect is still in love with his ex g The story starts off well, is filled with suspense but very quickly loses the plot.
I am still unclear as to the point of this apart from making us think the architect is still in love with his ex girlfriend Sinead. Marcus's best friend Aidan also appears to be in love with Sinead and throughout the novel we get flashbacks showing why Marcus and Sinead broke up and how Aidan remained friends with Sinead essentially ditching his friendship with Marcus. An unsatisfactory ending led to my overall disappointment with this book. I am unclear as to whether Lily, who goes off travelling eventually finds a future for herself and whether Aidan and Sinead get together as appears to be the case in another of Lily's visions and what happens to Marcus.
Not one of my favourite Maggie O Farrell novels. This is a taut psychological thriller, dripping in paranoia, obsession and increasing uncertainty. This is one of those books that you might think you have all figured out and then it shifts in another direction, just enough to keep you on your toes and keep you hooked into the story. As well This is a taut psychological thriller, dripping in paranoia, obsession and increasing uncertainty. Feb 25, Alison Hardtmann rated it liked it Shelves: I really like Maggie O'Farrell's novels although I find it difficult to pigeon-hole them - the best I can do is describe them as chick-lit for people who usually read more literary fare.
Except they aren't quite chick-lit. In any case, I read them when I want to relax with a novel, and yet still feel like my brain is involved. My Lover's Lover concerns Lily, who moves into the spare room in Marcus's loft and soon after begins a relationship with him. The problem is that Marcus is in mourning for I really like Maggie O'Farrell's novels although I find it difficult to pigeon-hole them - the best I can do is describe them as chick-lit for people who usually read more literary fare.
The problem is that Marcus is in mourning for his last girlfriend, and Lily begins to see her around the loft.
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