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The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - Community Reviews back

by Maggie O'Farrell
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everydayjam rated it 9 years ago
Oooo, how frustrating! Yet, how engaging!This tragic story has three narrators and spans almost 80 years. The three voices braid together to tell a story of jealousy, betrayal, and maybe madness. I say "maybe" as I'm left unclear on whether there was madness to begin with, or whether madness was ind...
ism rated it 9 years ago
Apparently, back in the days, trying out your mother's clothes would earn you a one-way ticket to an asylum. I wonder what they'd think about girls trying out their mother's shoes cause I did that more than I can count. I picked the book up and I couldn't put it down. It wasn't amazing. It was ... e...
Amy Reads Books
Amy Reads Books rated it 10 years ago
3.5 starsAttitudes towards mental health are something that I've always found quite interesting-at least in England it's quite rare for people to discuss things like therapy openly. However, it was only when I was watching The Kennedys, that random biopic with Katie Holmes in, that I released that p...
Ms. Margie
Ms. Margie rated it 10 years ago
Haunting.I don't have the book in front of me, but one of the blurbs on the back referred to this as a combination of gothic horror and family drama; I would agree.After reading most books I can move on to another with little pause. After reading this, I had to take a break because I was so moved b...
Lavinia rated it 10 years ago
Too catchy to be true. I wish all books had this effect on me: keep me in bed and pause just to refill my cup of whatever and go to the loo.
kristenrenn rated it 11 years ago
This was one of the best books I read this year. I know I can be pretty free with the 5 star ratings, but of the 108 books I've read so far this year, this is in the top 5.This is the haunting account of Esme Lennox who was institutionalized at the age of 16, left and forgotten for 60 years.It is t...
Pauline's Fantasy Reviews
Pauline's Fantasy Reviews rated it 12 years ago
I loved this book. It is a story of three related women which slowly unfurls like a flower to reveal the truth within. It is beautifully written on every level - use of language, characterisation, plot - and the secrets which emerge are both shocking and yet totally believable.The author is wonderfu...
Book Love
Book Love rated it 13 years ago
This was an amazing book that will haunt you long after you finish reading it!
The City Of Invention
The City Of Invention rated it 15 years ago
This is the story of an elderly woman released from an asylum into modern Scotland after spending her entire adult life locked up in an asylum for nothing more heinous than possessing the sort of independence of mind most young women take for granted nowadays. The movement of the plot comes from our...
Dem rated it 53 years ago
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox is a beautifully written and haunting story about a woman who has been unjustly incarcerated in a mental hospital at a very young age and has remained there for over sixty years. The hospital is now closing down and the inhabitants have to be rehoused. The story is s...
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