The Girl Who Wasn't There by
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Literature, Fiction
Publisher: Little Brown Book Group UK
Waterstones Book of the Month (July 2015)
My initial response on completion was that I didn't like the book. I felt uncomfortable with some of the subject matter. The prose in the first half felt clunky, clipped and disjointed. Then the second half felt more coherent and better put together. The two halves felt disconnected; two different books. Overall, 'The Girl Who Wasn't There' was an interesting read but one which at times felt rather arty and pretentious with too much poetic ambiguous embellishment and at times I was either confused or irritated by it. A rather odd little crime novel !
After pulling it apart to find out why I didn't like the book, I actually began to appreciate how clever had been in creating this complex novel and that what I disliked was not the book itself but my reaction to particular scenes and subject matter. However on reflection I think they were necessary to tune into the mindset of the character concerned. I won't divulge what these scenes were as it would spoil the storyline and enjoyment of the read for others. Everything it seems was intended to offend or provoke some form of reaction or thought response. A rather clever little crime novel !
My main concern for 'The Girl Who Wasn't There' is that readers will give up after the first half perhaps feeling as I did, alienated and disconnected to Sebastian von Eschburg and therefore, not give it the chance it deserves.