Disclaimer is definitely one of the most hyped new novels of 2015 and I have no doubt that it will be one of the biggest hits of the year (and will probably be on loads of end of year ‘best’ lists.) Alas, I cannot share the love.
The premise- a woman begins to read a novel and then discovers it’s about a TERRIBLE secret that she’s managed to keep to herself for twenty years- is a really promising one. However, I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought I would.
Firstly, I disliked pretty much every character in the book. I just didn’t care. They were variously selfish, mean and I just couldn’t get onside with any of them. Of course, we’re all flawed and this was part of the narrative, but still. I like to have something to root for. One character in particular irked me; when the ‘secret’ was revealed, this person acted in a way that was totally out of keeping with the previous few chapters.
The narrative itself was frustrating. By the time the reality of the secret was revealed, I’d inwardly shouted ‘JUST TELL THEM THE SECRET. LEAVE VOICEMAIL IF THEY WON’T PICK UP. FOR GOODNESS’ SAKE.’ I didn’t get that this strong, independent career woman who had been married for years wouldn’t tell her partner once the secret was starting to unravel. Once I knew the secret, I understood that, yes, you might want to keep it secret- but not once you were being blackmailed and your life was falling down around your ears. I don’t know, I just got annoyed. The ending felt too ‘neat’, too perfect, as well.
Anyway- was there anything I did like? Well, the premise was a clever one- creepy and full of promise. Unfortunately, it just didn’t do it for me.
Have you read it? Am I lone voice in disliking the book?
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