Book Review: Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon by Linda Newbury

quarter past two on a Wednesday afternoonWhat’s it about?

At quarter past two on a hot afternoon in August, Anna’s beautiful, headstrong elder sister Rose disappears.

Twenty years later, Anna still doesn’t know whether Rose is alive or dead. In her early thirties now, she sees her future unfolding – with sensible, serious Martin and a grown-up, steady job – and finds herself wondering if this is what she really wants.

Unable to take control of her life while the mystery of her sister’s disappearance remains unsolved, Anna begins to search for the truth: what did happen to Rose that summer’s day?

My thoughts

This was a book I’d had on my radar following publication but never actually got round to picking up a copy.  A few weekends ago I was returning a book to the library and this was on a stand right by the till so I grabbed it and I’m afraid therein my excitement ended.

A book about family secrets and deceptions with multiple time lines I was expecting something more dramatic and edge of my seat.  It’s probably my own fault that I didn’t love it because of my own expectations and what I expected it to be about.  Don’t go into this book thinking it’s a police investigative novel but go in expecting to see the effects an unexplained and un-solved disappearance can have on a family as a whole but also the individual members.

I just didn’t gel with Anna and felt the constant blaming of all the things that had gone wrong in her life on Rose’s disappearance somewhat tiring.

I did feel let-down with the actual disappearance thread of the plot and when all is revealed it just all fell a bit flat and strange.  We’re all different and like different things, this one just didn’t hit the mark for me.

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