No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

Challenge 46 ~ “A book with bad reviews.”


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I saved this category until towards the end of the year, because I knew it would be pretty easy to fill. Most of the books on my to-read list have pretty good ratings, sure, but there are still those that lag at the tail end. And sometimes I end up agreeing with them, and sometimes not – there can be a favourite story buried amongst what others consider poor books, trust me, just as much as there can be a poor book promoted endlessly as a fantastic read!

I wouldn’t say No One Else Can Have You was one of those hidden gems, but it has certainly been betrayed by its rating. If I had a half-star system, it would be a strong 3.5, but (alas!) I don’t. The book was a good read, with a clear plot and stable characterisation. The mystery was kept well, with a well-balanced volume of twists to keep the reader guessing right up to the final revelation. In fact, the ending was one of the best parts of the novel, seamlessly blending action, momentum and conclusion.

There was nothing particularly special about No One Else Can Have You – the plot was a standard mystery, the writing was adequate and the characters weren’t too flimsy – and I think that in itself deserves some credit. There are definite pitfalls Hale could have fallen into, particularly with the extended nature of side plotlines that could quickly lose a reader’s interest. Nevertheless, Hale keeps the novel on track, avoiding horrifically boring patches and twisting a mystery that keeps you constantly on your toes.

Recommended for fans of:

  • Torn by Cat Clarke
  • Find Me by Romily Bernard
  • Saving Silence by Gina Blaxill

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