With the end of the year fast approaching, I am making a concerted effort to finish as many of the books that I am currently reading as possible, in order to go into 2018 with a clean slate. Today after over a year of making slow progress, I finally finished Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller for the 2017 Reading Challenge.
Title: Our Endless Numbered Days
Author: Claire Fuller
Category: #33 A book set in two different time periods
“It’s the worst kind of person who goes back on a promise, even one they made to themselves.”
Peggy, who is just eight years old, is taken by her father away from her home and mother in London to a remote forest in Europe, where she is told that the world has ended, and the two of them are the only people who survived. But when Peggy meets Reuben, she begins to question everything her father previously told her.
This is a dark book with some incredibly mature themes; so dark and mature, in fact, that I audibly gasped (and probably grimaced) upon reaching the plot twist. The characters are complex, and the narrator notoriously unreliable. Unfortunately, it simply wasn’t best suited to my taste.
It’s such a shame that I was disappointed by this book, because it held such great promise. The novel is told in both present day entries and flashbacks, which allows crucial information to be drip-fed to the reader – to her credit, the author does this very well – but it also gives away part of the ending almost immediately. As a novel, it is incredibly well written and the prose flows beautifully (although slowly and repetitively), but I almost certainly will not be reading another book by this author.
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