By Harriet Lane
- Release Date: 2012-06-12
- Genre: Literary
Alys, Always Harriet Lane Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
From the author of Her, a suspenseful, assured literary debut that explores the dark side of desire and ambition through one woman's unlikely entry into an elite world.
Driving home to London one winter evening, Frances happens upon a car that has flipped onto its side. She comforts the dying driver, Alys Kyte, and hears her final words. The wife of a celebrated novelist, Alys moved in rarefied circles, and when Frances agrees to meet the bereaved family, she glimpses a world entirely foreign to her: cultured, wealthy, and privileged. While slowly forging a friendship with Alys’s carelessly charismatic daughter, Frances finds her own life takes a dramatic turn, propelling her from an anonymous existence as an assistant editor for the books section of a newspaper to the heights of literary society.
With this unforgettable protagonist, author Harriet Lane draws readers into a tightly paced tale that careens towards an audacious ending. Transfixing, insightful, and unsettling, Alys, Always drops readers into the mind of an enigmatic young woman whose perspective on a glamorous world shines a light on those on the outside who would risk everything to be accepted.
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User reviews about this book
Interesting tale, the end was a little anticlimactic, thought there should be one more twist in there. But overall, well done.
A friend recommended this to me and for the life of me I can not figure out why. The writing delves so little into the characters that you don't understand their motivation or care about the outcome. I found it very bland. No real tension, drama, or dialog. Why do the main characters even lik each other. I could go on, but I have wasted too much time on this already.
Disappointing and not worth reading
This was a huge disappointment. It was entirely boring. The only reason I kept reading was because I was sure there would be a great ending to make it worthwhile. It's the first book I've read that's written in the first person and the main character is someone for whom you cant root or even like. Don't waste your time or money on this book!
It was like being completely absorbed into another world. I could not put the book down once I started. The characters were so well drawn that I felt I lived among them and I hated coming to the end of the story. I cannot recommend this book highly enough and I look forward to more from this author!
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