Author: Kate Atkinson
Release Date: 2015
Rating: 4 stars
'A God in Ruins' is a very difficult book to review. As someone who adored 'Life After Life' I went into this companion piece with high expectations, which it sadly did not quite live up to. I started reading it way back in 2015, but found the pace so slow and hard going that I abandoned it until a couple of weeks ago, when I decided that I really must try to get through it.
So how do I review this book without giving too much away? There are flashes of sheer brilliance throughout 'A God in Ruins', with some chapters that literally took my breath away, but there are also large portions of the story that drag and are bogged down by unnecessary passages that seemed to go on and on forever.
Up until the last few chapters I was going to give it a 3.5 star rating. There are some breathtaking moments, so beautifully written with such understanding and emotion that they made my heart ache, but it is the final few chapters that pack a real emotional punch and made me change my rating to 4 stars.
I can't say any more without giving too much away, but will say that even though I found 'A God in Ruins' a hard slog at times, I'm glad that I took the time to go back and finish it. The beautiful writing and the powerful emotional impact of the ending made it a story to remember and I'm so glad I decide to reacquaint myself with the unforgettable Todd family.
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