12 Nov 2013
SOURCE: A reader's group read.
Memory Cougan has a successful career and an adoring fiance. But at her engagement party, she panics and flees to an Africa she left as a child, to find out just who and what she is.
For reclusive Max, hardened by years of survival, Memory's coming will awaken long-buried feelings of lost love. For Elise, her adoptive mother, Memory's flight threatens to reveal the truth of what really happened in the African bush twenty years ago. And, for Paul Cougan, whose youthful idealism cost him so much, there will, at last, be recognition for the sacrifice he made.
Moving from Britain to Africa over twenty years, Hotel Juliet tells an unforgettable story of lives and loves played out against the endless skies and wild beauty of the African landscape.
....... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1: If You Are Lost): Zambia 1972.
They removed his left leg in the morning.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 294): He had even lost a houseboy five years back to witchcraft, a victim of a magic aeroplane filled with evil spirits that had crash-landed near hi hut and killed him.
MY THOUGHTS: Essentially the story of one woman's journey of self discovery, of Memory's need 'to go back to the beginning'. It is also a story of re-awakenings and revelations, of superstition and witchcraft.
Spanning two decades the story flits between Zambia and London (with a slight foray into Scotland) and is told from the point of view of not one, not two, not three but four people. And whilst this didn't make for a confusing read it did make for a frustrating one in that the narrative didn't always flow as easily as it might have otherwise.
Both a hit and miss for me. In places overly long. The chapters set in England I felt bordered on tedious, many of the characters irrelevant. However the chapters set in Zambia had all of the makings of a rather good thriller. If only the author had concentrated on this element of the story.
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