Interest tapers off during final chapters

November 8, 2008

No One You Know, by Michelle Richmond (Random House, RRP $36.99):

Growing up, sisters Elle and Lila are as close as they are different: one a mathematical genius with her own sense of style and quirkiness, the other a normal teen trying to fit in with her peers.

When Lila is brutally murdered, Elle tries to get on with her life even after the man she poured her heart out to betrays her by turning her sister’s murder into a best-selling true crime book.

The book’s author, a college professor who sees Elle as his muse, goes as far as to name the murderer in his book even though police never charged anyone. Like many others who read the book, Elle believed Lila’s secret lover had got away with murder until a chance encounter with that very man years later while on a business trip to South America.

For the most part I enjoyed the story but I found my interest waning by the final couple of chapters. This is one of those stories that loses its appeal once you know who did the dirty deed.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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