The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue

STATUS: Put down after 100 pages

I wanted to like this.  I really did.  I wasn’t prepared to read Room until I had a clearer understanding of Donoghue’s work.  I have her fairy tales ready to go, so this book hasn’t stopped me wanting to read more.  It was just that this book, the first 100 pages of it, were boring.  Very, very boring.  I didn’t care for either of the female leads and cared less for them by page 100.  The plot sounds gripping and fascinating:  based on a true story of divorce and scandal played out in the courts of Victorian London; dramatic events gripping a nation of newspaper readers and the tension mounting from an unopened letter that could change everything for our host of characters.  I just wasn’t prepared to read on.  The writing, although good, was thick, heavy and unenjoyable.  The characters were flat and seemed to need the theatre of scandal to distract us from their plainness.  I do feel rotten; I wanted to like this and read to the end, but I found that I just couldn’t.

1 out of 5

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