Book Review: This is How it Ends by Kathleen MacMahon
August 24, 2012 9 Comments
Number of pages: 352
First published: 2012
I got this book: from Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley (ebook)
Genre: contemporary fiction
This is How it Ends: What it is about
Bruno Boylan, an American, has just lost his job at Lehman Brothers. It’s fall 2008. He has come to Ireland to search for his roots. But his Irish family isn’t so keen to meet this cousin from America. Addie, in her late 30s, is recovering from a failed relationship and has moved in with her father, Hugh, to look after him. He has had an accident and broke both his wrists. He’s a hospital doctor and he is currently being sued by the family of a patient who died in his care.
Bruno is planning to stay in Ireland until after the elections in the USA: if Obama wins, he’ll return home, if not, he might stay longer. But then he and Addie do meet, and start a relationship. Addie knows it’s likely to be only temporary. Or is it? Then tragedy happens.
This is How it Ends: What I thought
People looking for their roots: my favorite! I’ve done a lot of genealogy research and I love to read anything related to that. In this case, Bruno didn’t really go very far with the research and the story turned more to his relationship with Addie. That was a pity in a way, although the story with Addie was also good.
But… as you can see, there was rather a shift in the story. And I didn’t like that very much. Initially the story was about Bruno and his search for his family, as well as about Addie and her family’s troubles. Then it turned into a relationship and slowly the book moved to Addie and her (new) problems. It didn’t seem there was one storyline.
I still enjoyed reading the book because the story took place in Ireland, which I don’t get to read about very often; I liked Addie and her little dog Lola, who went swimming every day in the sea; I wanted to know whether Bruno would really leave in November, as of course I already knew that Obama would win. And there were other nice bits to this story.
Bruno never came to life as a character, but Addie did and her greater-than-life father did to some extend. Hugh’s story was very realistic and typical in our modern society.
In all, I enjoyed reading this book.
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