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on April 03, 2013 :
Deception – Review
Like the mysterious doors and arches in her paintings, Miranda draws you into her exotic life, promising mystique and intrigue. The people surrounding her – friends, colleagues, family – seem much more three-dimensional than she is, more in control of their lives, and of hers. Miranda allows things to happen to her and is determined to find good in everybody. She seeks explanations for their unfolding strange behaviours in the darkness of Munch’s paintings and the Atlantic coolness of Lisbon’s decaying architecture. One is frustrated with her inability to see behaviours as others see them. Her naivety is almost unbearable, and you heave a sigh of relief when she takes a grip, even though she has to be cajoled into it by other people. Will she ever be able to take control of her life? We don’t know. We suspect not. A teasing cliff-hanger.
A brilliantly composed novel, reminiscent of Ian McEwan. Well done Mary Jay.
(reviewed the day of purchase)