Saturday 16 January 2021

Review: The Dinner List, by Rebecca Serle

The Dinner ListThe Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this for my bookclub. A book I would never have picked up otherswise, but what a journey! One that ended in tears for this reader. Heartbreaking tale.

The Dinner party is seen through the eyes of the birthday person, Sabrina, and written in first person. The chapters are divided between the conversation at the dinner party and the story of her relationship, switching back and forth, and unravelling both the reason for the party (and the particular guests), and the events in the relationship.

The best way to engage a reader is through emotion and this story has a LOT of emotion. The main characters broken childhood and her deep, in-love relationship, binds the reader to her. I felt every piece of it.

The story is revealed in such a way it is compelling, too, as you understand more and more. The ending being one of those you don't really want to see, but can't look away from. I didn't want it to end.

It was like being a fly on the wall in another person's life. I found it intensely personal, and roller coaster ride. Highly Recommend.

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