Beyond Black

by Hilary Mantel | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0007157762 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Bearlio of Mullingar, Co. Westmeath Ireland on 8/24/2006
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Bearlio from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath Ireland on Thursday, August 24, 2006
Quite an entertaining read, but somehow fails to deliver on what the cover blurb promises. The big twist that I expected never really materialised and I was left wondering what the point of the whole thing was. One character is too nice and another has no redeeming features whatsoever, so the whole thing is a bit unbalanced. The cover lists a series of rave reviews though, so maybe I'm just missing the point!

Journal Entry 2 by Bearlio at Mail in Mailed to another BookCrosser, A Book Swap! -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Released 12 yrs ago (9/12/2006 UTC) at Mail in Mailed to another BookCrosser, A Book Swap! -- Controlled Releases

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Journal Entry 3 by PurpleElephant from Glastonbury, Somerset United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Thank you ever so much for sending this book to me Bearlio! I've been wanting to read it for ages. And choccy too yum yum!
Hope you get your swap soon.

Journal Entry 4 by PurpleElephant from Glastonbury, Somerset United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 06, 2007
I actually really enjoyed this book, there was something really compelling that urged me to read it quite fast. I wasn’t keen on any of the characters but I think that was the point. There are one or two lines that caused me to laugh out loud (a bit embarrassing in a coffee shop) but it is also quite sad in places.
Anyway I would like to keep this book in the bookcrossing community and am about to pass it on as a surprise to someone who has it on her wish list.
Hope she enjoys it!

Journal Entry 5 by PurpleElephant from Glastonbury, Somerset United Kingdom on Monday, July 09, 2007
Strangely when I made that last entry I looked through the wishlists to see who wanted this book. The person I chose also turned out to be my daughter's NSSSSS partner, so Purpletapirgirl wanted to pass this book on as a thank you for a lovely parcel. I'm tranferring to her shelf..

Journal Entry 6 by PurpleTapirGirl from Glastonbury, Somerset United Kingdom on Monday, July 09, 2007
This item was posted to katie1980 on Friday I hope she receives it before she goes away... Thank you ever so much for the lovely parcel...

Journal Entry 7 by katie1980 from Basingstoke, Hampshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 11, 2007
thanks very much for sending this to me! it arrived on Monday but I didn't get a chance to journal it yesterday.
I liked the bookmark and the letter - thank you very much :o)

Journal Entry 8 by katie1980 at Basingstoke, Hampshire United Kingdom on Saturday, April 05, 2014
The blurb sounded so promising:
"Alison Hart, a medium by trade, tours the dormitory towns of London's orbital road with her flint-hearted sidekick Colette, passing on messages from dead ancestors. But behind her plump, smiling persona is a desperate woman: the next life holds terrors that she must conceal from her clients, and her own waking hours are plagued by the spirits of men from her past. They infiltrate her house, her body and her soul, and the more she tries to be rid of them, the stronger and nastier they become..."

Sadly, I have to agree with the previous reviews that the characters are unbalanced! And though I forged through the whole book, it never really explained why it was written and seemed to be more of an exorcism of something from the writer than an actual book! Sad to say I really did not enjoy this one, and it felt like a real slog a lot of the time - I often had to resort to reading a page at a time, just to get through it! Ah well, we live and learn.

Definitely not going to read this again, so will take it to work to see if it appeals to anyone there.

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