I bought this book used and in good condition. As of late I’ve been reading most of my books on my Kindle, but this book did not come in that format. Well, I got it earlier this week, and I cannot put it down. I’m almost finished with it. It’s one of the most intriguing reads I have had in a long time. Generally I like thrillers, Stephen King type books, and books by Preston and Child... and so forth. I decided to read this and see if I would have the same experience as many of the other readers. I can tell you that this is a book not to pass up! What a doozy of a story and so well written. Thank you, Louise Candish!
I found this story to be very intriguing and very well written. The author uses very...intelligent language in spinning the tale. Honestly, I couldn't put this book down and that doesn't happen to me very often these days with the amount of self-published and poorly edited books out there. I found it suspenseful and was not let down in the end as other reviewers have said. I am definitely a new Louise Candlish fan and can't wait to read another book of hers.
An interesting writing device with a house/neighbourhood/neighbour at the centre of the 'action'. Narrated by two women who live(d) at the desirable residence in a small enclave of a London street the pace of the novel rambles and never quite reaches its promise. Protagonists are sketchy wheres the house at the centre of the story is dealt with quite lovingly. Lots of details of rooms and decor and well drawn passages on London's varied residents and lifestyles. There was probably a time in the not too distant past when a story detailing an affair and an accusation of rape would have shocked readers but not today. Having said that The Sudden Departure...left me thinking of the story for days after I finished the book.
The Sudden Departure of the Frasers is a lengthy, yet, in the end, a rewarding read. The beautiful house on Lime Park Road is the home Christy always dreamed of, but for Amber it is the base from which to embark on a new adventure.
As emotional drama isn't quite my kind of reading preference, I almost gave up on this book. Fortunately, about halfway through, I got attached to the characters and needed to see what bad boy Rob was up to or whether he was, in fact, up to anything.
The two point of view characters are realistic, fleshed out and thoroughly flawed. Christy, with her insatiable desire for information and answers regarding the events involving Rob, Amber and the neighbors of Lime Park Road, got on my nerves most of the time. Fortunately her irritating persistence pays off in the end for both the fellow characters as well as the reader.
Amber, though deceitful, is a far more likable character. The kind of character many women should be able to identify with.
The Bad boy of the story, Rob Whalen, is an enigma throughout the story and remains so right up to the end. Whether he remains an antihero or is redeemed is for the reader to find out.
If emotional drama, intrigue and illicit romance is your taste, The Sudden Departure of the Frasers is definitely the book for you. (Ellen Fritz)