Sunday, January 23, 2011

Review: The Book of Tomorrow

Author:  Cecilia Ahern
Publication Date:  February 2011 by Harper Collins
Review Copy Provided by:  publisher

About the Book - from Goodreads:  Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she's ever wanted. Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes and all that a girl could ever wish for. She's always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever. Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country. Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gatehouse is a world away from Tamara's childhood. With her mother shut away with grief, and her aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin.When a travelling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued. Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its core.  

My Thoughts:  This was an interesting read.  I always had a thought that there was more going on than the author would let me believe, but the more I read, the more convinced I was that there was something eerie about this story.  

Tamara, the main character, is very independent.  She's used to being able to come and go as she pleases, but not anymore.  It seems as though she's always being watched.  Since her father's death, she has been forced to move to "nowhere" with her aunt and uncle.  Tamara has no access to the internet, no malls, nothing she is used to, so she's forced to find other things to occupy her time.  One of which, is a book.  This is not an ordinary book though.  The book writes itself, in Tamara's handwriting, and tells about tomorrow.

What a concept for a story!  I loved this one and I fell in love with Tamara, even though I thought she was a snob at first.  Throughout the story Tamara learns more about her family than she's ever known, but what she really learns is about herself and that she has to make her own tomorrows.

Ahern does an excellent job of keeping the reader in suspense.  There's something new around every corner, but she keeps you second guessing yourself, just like Tamara is second guessing the people around her.  This one had me predicting right up till the end, even though some of my predictions weren't what really happened.  I loved that as a reader, I was able to make those predictions.  The author didn't just reveal everything all at once.  As the story unfolded, so did the lies, or the truth, however you choose to read it.


bermudaonion said...

This sounds like a page turner!

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) said...

Oh I LOVE book books; how fun!

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