Friday, December 26, 2014

Review of The Other Story By Tatiana De Rosnay

Title: The Other Story
Author: Tatiana De Rosnay
Source:  Borrowed from the library
Series: Standalone
Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Summary:

Vacationing at a luxurious Tuscan island resort, Nicolas Duhamel is hopeful that the ghosts of his past have finally been put to rest… Now a bestselling author, when he was twenty-four years old, he stumbled upon a troubling secret about his family – a secret that was carefully concealed. In shock, Nicholas embarked on a journey to uncover the truth that took him from the Basque coast to St. Petersburg – but the answers wouldn’t come easily.

In the process of digging into his past, something else happened. Nicolas began writing a novel that was met with phenomenal success, skyrocketing him to literary fame whether he was ready for it or not – and convincing him that he had put his family’s history firmly behind him. But now, years later, Nicolas must reexamine everything he thought he knew, as he learns that, however deeply buried, the secrets of the past always find a way out.

The novel is about a man named Nicholas who has written a best selling book loosely based around his time when he lost his passport and found out his nationality is not what he thought. He finds out his father is from Russia and he writes a novel called The Envelope. 

Nicholas tells his agent when he is heading a remote island with his girlfriend that he is going to write another novel but since writing The Envelope Nicolas has not been able write anything. He has been lying to everyone around him and just enjoying the glory of people on the street recognizing him. 

The main character is not a like able guy at all. He is very full of himself and thinks the world should revolve around him. His ex-girlfriend broke up with him because of the way he acted after The Envelope came out. His new girlfriend is a quite, passive girl who seems to follow everything he does. The other character's, including Nicholas's new girlfriend is not an enjoyable person. The plot was interesting, but for such a small book it took me a long time to read it. I was pretty disappointed overall with this novel. I feel like not a lot happens besides watching Nicholas run from his problems. I was frustrated often and when I put the book down I did not feel an urge to pick it back up. This is getting a 3/5 from me since I did enjoy the plot and her writing, but the characters were uninteresting and frustrating. 

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