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on Jan. 12, 2012 :
Please don't tell anyone I read a book in the chick-lit category, but I enjoyed reading The Surrogate. The characterization was great, the pacing face, and there were enough surprises to keep me guessing. I was eager to pick my iPad to keep reading; to me, this says it all.
An interesting, fun read.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 28, 2011 :
I bought the book because I had read the first three chapters that were offered up as a sample and wanted to find out what happened at the end of the book. I wasn't disappointed.
The story revolves around wealthy thirty-something bachelor Tristan Sheppard and his relationships with both his peer group of career minded socialites and the lower-class inhabitants of a run-down block of flats in Sighthill in Edinburgh. Evans injects a lot of comedy into the language of the Sighthill residents and that is what makes the story tick. Although a lot of the dialogue is in Scots dialect, you pick it up as you go along and the quick one-liners and the cultural misunderstandings between Tristan and Marie are some of the funnier moments in the book.
Although billed as a comedy, there are some dramatic moments. Tristan's relationships fail and falter at almost every turn and as the story is partly told through flash-backs the reader gets to see just why the protagonist is so afraid of commitment. The plot is easy to follow, but has some dramatic twists and turns and towards the end the reader is left reeling from a number of sucker punches that weren't expected.
Evans has written a well paced book that is hard to put down. There is little in the way of filler in the book, with descriptions and first person asides kept to a minimum.It sometimes seems as if there are less than the 85,000 words or thirty chapters, but that is to Evans' credit as nine months in the life of Tristan Sheppard contains more than enough incident to fill two books of the same size. Overall, I would thoroughly recommend this book, even though it doesn't sit comfortably in any particular genre. Too masculine to be chick-lit, but too bizarre in places to be literary, it's best to just say this is a good book that may make you think, could make you cry, but will certainly make you laugh.
(reviewed the day of purchase)