7.75 out of 10
‘Solace‘ – average marks 7.75 out of 10, based on four readers from the book club.
‘Beautifully written in simple prose, characters very easy to relate to, felt real.’
‘Beautiful sparse prose – McKeon finds ways to articulate things I’ve thought / felt myself, but could never find such an eloquent way to say them. Loved how it was about our generation and the Dublin I remember moving to when I finished college – made it easy to relate to. The characters, even the ones with bit parts, are all very believable and well fleshed out.’
‘It was well written and easy to read , excellent vivid engaging contrasts between urban and rural life.’
‘Loved how it was so everyday and easy to identify with the characters.’
‘Struggle to come up with any. I’m not completely finished but I will be very interested to find out how things end up the way the do from the prologue. I hope it doesn’t just peter out after already finding out the major reason why Mark, his Dad & Aoife end up alone.’
‘I like a bit of suspense and I knew from first few pages the ending so although a nice read it seemed to be of no avail in terms of what happens next.’
‘Kept me awake to finish! ‘
‘Very slow moving.’
Overall ‘Solace’ was well-liked by everyone and there are a few members still reading it or about to read it.
I am gutted it didn’t do better, I adored it, so obviously my very generous score helped the overall 🙂
Well it got two 9s a 7 and a 6. 🙂 One person who had read didn’t reply and maybe some more will read it yet.