The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones. Read July 2014.

This is absolutely not a book I would usually choose, but I am very glad I decided to give it a try. A change is as good as a rest they say and this book has refreshed my reading ‘taste buds’ and left me open to trying lots of different genres.
The theme underlying the whole of the book is based on Hungarian folklore and once I managed to suspend disbelief (I’ve never been a fan of fantasy stories) I was fascinated by the idea of a villain who could take on the appearance of another person in order to fool their loved ones.
The action of the book switches between present day, the late seventies and the late 19th century, taking place in various parts of Europe, including Oxford, Snowdonia and Budapest.This keeps the reader’s interest by having different strands of the plot on the go at once.
The thing I most enjoyed about The String Diaries was how the author managed to make me care what happened to each of the characters. That may sound obvious but believe me I’ve read plenty of books where the author seems to have concentrated 90% on plot and 10% on characters. There needs to be a better balance and in this book both are cleverly developed resulting in a highly satisfying reading experience.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of the book.

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