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Every Contact Leaves A Trace (2013)

by Elanor Dymott(Favorite Author)
2.94 of 5 Votes: 3
0393239772 (ISBN13: 9780393239775)
W. W. Norton & Company
review 1: What a frustrating novel. In some ways the story was compelling, but the pace was tiresome. The entire book was written in the first person through the recollections of a man trying to piece together the mystery of his wife's murder. At times it was atmospheric, but predominantly it was just a slog-- with insufficient payoff by the end. Along the way, characters acted in ways that seemed absurd and out of character, and later revelations did little to make their actions seem more plausible. Not terrible, but definitely not recommended.
review 2: This book had such potential. Unfortunately I think the writer tried to be too elusive and clever and ended up not giving us much of anything concrete. I don't mind being left hanging or not being quite sure what just h
... moreappened but there are just too many things in here that don't make sense or don't have an explanation. The writing itself isn't bad, but the plot is eye rolling. I read this for my book club. In the end we decided it was more about relationships and loss than murder mystery, which inly helped redeem it a little. We had also read 'My Cousin Rachel' by Daphne du Maurier. There were some similarities, but du Maurier executes the uncertainty far better and leaves is with a few intriguing questions, not a million. Having said that, if Dymott writes more novels I would try them. I think she has real potential but just needs to have a bit more focus and not try to do too much at once. less
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Wow these comments are all over the map. Looking forward to the read to see what I think
Great book, well written, the mystery kept me guessing and I liked the ending too.
Very fine on the untrustworthiness of memory and impenetrability of others.
1st half was much better than the 2nd half.
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