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The City Of Invention

The book reviews of UK children's author, Brian Keaney

Too Much Of A Good Thing

The Rosie Effect - Graeme Simsion

In this sequel Don Tillman, the high-functioning autistic hero of The Rosie Project, is coming to terms with married life, getting used to living in a new city and dealing with a whole new set of problems.


As in the first book, the narrative moves at a rapid pace and the plot is full of unexpected twists and turns. What it lacks, however, is the simplicity of premise that defined the first book and that makes a big difference. Without that clarity, the plot-engineering seems a bit too obvious.


It's still well-crafted, the voice is strong and there is plenty of witty banter. But it just hasn't got the emotionally compelling quality that made its predecessor the kind of book you stayed up all night to finish.