Review: Jane Abbott – Elegy

Elegy
Jane Abbott

Cait and Michael have been bound together for an age – yet until this point in time they have just been step sister and brother. After Michael breaks a boy’s arm without even touching him, the family gets into deeper trouble, both in love and in life.

elegy_500-220x340This novel was awful. It was well written and everything, and the dialogue was believable, yet the plot left a lot to be desired. It was repetitive, and didn’t seem to go anywhere. I didn’t feel for any of the characters and the whole lot felt staged.

I could tell that they would die. I’m not going to specify who, but trust me, you’ll see it coming. And then, despite this being the earliest time Michael has come into his power, there is nothing new that happens. To me, the fact that they put other people at risk because of their love is really selfish – if they’re going to do it again and again anyway!

There’s no plot resolution and I was left feeling empty. I had hoped for a fantastic ending that would rescue the novel for me, but it didn’t happen. I didn’t get why Hope was so fantastic a name, or how that soul got there (given the timing and all). Sigh. I’m giving it 2 stars. I’m thinking that I would probably enjoy Abbott’s other novel as her writing style is not what broke this novel.

2starPenguin Random House | 29 August 2016 | AU $19.99 | Paperback

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