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A Perfect Sentence

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Peter D, Reviewer

Last updated on 26 Mar 2018

I Recommend This Book

Yes

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Whether you call it a mid-life crisis or the 'grass is greener' syndrome, Keir should have everything he wants yet he has serious reassurance issues with his marriage, his employment and his family. The story is wonderfully written to illustrate a malcontent middle-aged man, fearing being trapped in a relationship, loss of individually, and an end to life’s excitements.

Keir’s wife, Fran, is a clever woman aware of his infidelities in the past but trying to keep the marriage together. Keir and Fran have 2 children, Charlie, besotted by the new love of his life Cassie, and en-route to MIT, and Cat a teenage Goth too cool to be associated with parents.  Cassie is a free-spirited, straight talking, non-committal type of woman. In truth, I didn’t care much for any of the characters although they were well developed. Keir, I just couldn’t warm to.

In the end, the marriage fails and Keir jumps into a mesmerising seductive relationship with Cassie.  They travel around Europe in a distorted reality, with its own set of challenges.  Every action or lack of action has a consequence, so what are the consequences for Keir and Cassie?

The Perfect Sentence is a well-written book with clever detail and dialogue.  It is an exploration and exposition of human relationships and how fragile and precarious they are. The perfect relationship match is so difficult to find and many of the issues covered are more reflective of the norm in society today.  We are irrational beings, however, we have a judicial system to keep our actions in check should we stray too far.

The book is very well written, with a great moral and ethical challenge, but I couldn’t empathise with any of the characters. Certain scenes did ramble a bit but overall a steady pace to the story.

Many thanks to Thistle Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC version of the book in return for an honest review.

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