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Book Thoughts: Imagine Me Gone (Adam Haslett)

Haslett, Adam - Imagine Me Gone

★★★★☆☆☆

Title: Imagine Me Gone
Author: Adam Haslett
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
First published: 2016
Edition: Hardback, published in 2016 by Hamish Hamilton

How are we damaged by what we inherit? How much can any family give to save one of its own? And how can you tell the difference between what is passed on and what is picked up – between the truly inherited flaw and the self-fulfilling prophecy?

This was a book I had been wanting to read for a while. Its synopsis sounded really interesting and something I would love.

It did not quite live up to my expectations. Although the subject matter is hard hitting, ie death of a parent, mental illness, family ties, etc, it just did not quite hit me in the gut the way I wanted it to. It kept me at a distance and I never felt drawn into the story, which is such a shame. Although I did not feel the characters were written as unlikeable characters, I could not really like any of them. Their actions and the way they interacted with each other just did not make that much sense to me.

In the end I felt disappointed with this book. Although it seems well written and fleshed out, it just failed to hit me in the feels like I feel it should have done and maybe the way the author meant it to.

So, although I liked the book, I was a bit underwhelmed by the story.

4 out of 7 stars

 

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