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Apartment 3B - Patricia Scanlan

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Author: Patricia Scanlan / Genre: Fiction

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      11.04.2010 18:39
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      Put it back on the shelf

      Rather bizarrely this is a book about an apartment. Although its not about the apartment per se but more about the people who live in it, those who aspire to live in it and those who used to live in it.

      It's a truly riveting subject. In fact I'd be hard pressed to find anything more riveting to do with the half a dozen hours of my life I've spent wading through this monstrosity. Colonic irrigation, gouging out my eyeballs with a red hot poker even a bikini wax would have been a more appealing use of my time.

      Perhaps I'm being a little harsh. After all it did make it into print and the author has written several other best selling books published predominantly in Ireland which perhaps appeal to the Irish readers although I'm at a complete loss after reading this as to why that could possibly be.

      The book commences on Tuesday 23rd of April 1991 in the offices of the estate agency overseeing the sale of Apartment 3B. It ends later the same day with the conclusion of the sale but somewhere in between you're transported back and forward in time through three decades like a time travelling yoyo. It's beyond confusing. The book features six predominant characters with an entourage of minor characters intertwined in a series of convoluted sub-plots which bear little relevance to anything at all.

      To give you an example of the irritating nature of the random sequences of events take career woman Lainey and Dominic her married lover. One minute you're reading about Lainey and Dominic in 1976 and then later in 1978 and then a dozen pages further in you've gone backwards in time to 1972. The author doesn't clarify this with helpful statements like "two years earlier" instead chapters are identified by date so page 179 describes a sequence of events which took place in May 1978, by page 195 you're back in 1972 which is followed by a whistle stop tour through the 1970s dropping briefly by 1973 and 1978 only to find yourself in 1975 and all this takes place in the space of a dozen pages. It's incredibly confusing to read.

      I did persevere and eventually reached the end of the book which concludes by revealing who the lucky purchaser of Apartment 3B is to be. Wow. I didn't see that one coming. Really I didn't. It is quite possibly the worst conclusion to a book I've ever had the misfortune to read.

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      Luxurious, expensive Apartment 3B is for sale. Many want it, only one can buy it. Its owner, Liz Lacey, successful artist and darling of the jetset, is about to make dramatic changes in her life. Apartment 3B is the enthralling story of Liz Lacey and of the men and women who come to view her apartment: sophisticated, cosmopolitan Lainey Conroy; globe-trotting media personality, Hugh Cassidy; gentle, determined Claire Moran who has triumphed over adversity; ambitious but tender-hearted Dominic Kent. And Cecily, sister-in-law to Lainey, who will stop at nothing to prevent Lainey from acquiring the apartment.