We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rosemary has lost her sister and her brother. This is the story of why.

That is really the synopsis of the synopsis of the back of this book. I love a good crime story so I thought I would love this. This is not a crime story in that way.

Most other reviewers seem to love this novel. I just really don’t.

Most other reviewers seem to be aware of the enormous twist on page 77. Apparently you need to have been on the moon for months not to know it. I haven’t been. I didn’t know the twist. I didn’t like it!

In actuality, I much preferred the book after the twist and I think I would have liked it better if the whole book was written from that point onwards, those were certainly the bits I gave any stars too at all. Sadly, you can’t really review this book without revealing the spoiler and I won’t do that. I will say “if you like a juicy crime novel – this is not it. If, on the other hand, you like a human interest story, read this”. But then you won’t because the book doesn’t sell itself in that way. Shame!

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