Minn Minn Minn itibaren Cernache, Portekiz
Yeni evliler Kate ve Stewart, yeniden şekillendirmeyi umarak Michigan, Ann Arbor'da bir ramshale Viktorya dönemi evi satın alırlar. Yakında 1980'lerde birisinin evde öldürüldüğünü öğrenerek Stewart'ın ayrılmasına neden oluyorlar. Kate, tadilatı bitirmek için iki erkekle birlikte çalışır ve sonunda birinin cinayeti işleyen kişi olduğunu öğrenir. Koşulların bir bireyi başa çıkamayacak noktaya nasıl sokabileceği konusunda derinlemesine bir karakter çalışması. Katilin kimin erken olduğunu biliyor olsanız bile ürpertici bir his var. Neredeyse sizi okumaya zorlar.
Historical fiction about the sequential and parallel lives of artist Paul Gaugin and his social activist grandmother, Flora Tristán. Only 3 stars from me because I found it difficult to get into their stories at first, especially Tristán's tale of travelling France trying to start a union. The second half of the novel was more compelling (with Flora's visit to Peru recounted) and the end was beautifully written. The author managed to get me to see the world through Gaugin's eyes and to care about him -- in spite of his selfishness, abandonment of his children and disturbing taste for young girls.
While I did enjoy this fifth in the series, it was not as much fun as the ones previously. In the past I was incredibly impressed by the originality and innovation of Fforde's ideas about the BookWorld, but since this installment was set mainly in the real world, we did not get to see as much of this. I also found the "villain" of the book to be less compelling than in the past. However, all of the inclusion of time travel was great fun, mind-boggling though it is, and I am glad I read it.