Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The House on Fortune Street by Margot Livesey

The House on Fortune Street is a story told by four characters, Sean, Cameron, Dara, and Abigail.  One common tragic event is the focus of each section, although their individual pasts leading up to this point are all revealed.  Dara and Abigail are an unlikely pair of friends, Cameron is Dara's troubled father, and Sean is Abigail's boyfriend who is struggling with guilt and jealousy.

This was one of those books that I couldn't stop reading, although I had difficulty feeling for some of the characters, particularly Cameron.  I was frustrated for Dara.  I wish that her section would have been a little bit longer and that she would have found more answers.  I felt oddly sympathetic to Sean, the first character to share his story, and his struggles really drew me into the book.  Their stories came together well and showed how one person's choices really change another person's life.  Overall I really liked this book, but not quite enough to give it a 5...how about a hearty 4 out of 5?

1 comment:

BookAddict said...

This sounds like a good read, Christine!