Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie
This story was a bit longer than my others but I STILL FINISHED IT!
It's set around New York in the 1920's I think, when jazz and pianos were all the range. It's set initially pre-war but also encompasses that period as well. It follows the lives of 5-10 (I gave up counting after a while) seemingly different people and how their lives all end up interwoven. My only gripe was that maybe there are too many characters. With each chapter it's a different viewpoint and especially with the Russians, I got confused. Maybe it's because I had to speed-read the book to complete my challenge. If I had taken more time it might've have been easier.
Plus it's all rather melancholic. I want the two main lovers to break free of their shackles a lot sooner and with a bit more oomph. Here it tends to drag and fizzle. Gets a tiny bit depressing. Maybe that's to peoples' tastes, it isn't to mine.
That being said the descriptions in the book are wonderful. You build up a rich visual sense of the locations and the people. It places you in the middle of the scenes and massive kudos to Beatrice Colin for making it all so believable. I mean she wasn't there but you almost get the feeling she's describing it from her own memories, it's all so vivid.
I think I'll give this a 4/5. Probably the best book I've read so far. It's still not something I'd put amongst my favourites but it's very well-written and fresh.
This week I'm reading Murder Most Fab by Julian Clary.