I really enjoyed this book, it was a great read. It was a little unusual – a little bit fantasy, a little bit family drama, a little bit mystery. The story is about Tamara and the massive changes in her life after her father commits suicide due to money problems, their home is repossessed and she and her mother have to go and live with relatives, relocating from busy Dublin to a countryside village. Tamara struggles to adjust to her new life, and meanwhile her relatives, Aunt Rosaleen and Uncle Arthur, who seem initially friendly and welcoming, begin to become more secretive and Tamara suspects they are hiding something. Tamara also picks up a strange book, a diary, that seems to tell her the future.

The book is really quite dramatic and I found it difficult to put down. It reminded me a little of old-fashioned gothic mystery stories, such as by Wilkie Collins (which I adore), with the family secrets and sense of foreboding and the ruined castle. The book also reminded me, in parts, of the novel Jane Eyre. But I don’t want to give away the twists and turns at the end so I won’t say any more.

I also loved the emphasis that Cecelia Ahern places on the importance of books and how they can help and influence people, providing strength and comfort. I don’t usually quote from novels but this description, in The Book of Tomorrow, of the vital part that books play in our lives has stayed with me. “I think that most people go into bookshops and have no idea what they want to buy. Somehow, the books sit there, almost magically willing people to pick them up. The right person for the right book. It’s as though they already know whose life they need to be a part of, how they can make a difference, how they can teach a lesson, put a smile on a face at just the right time.”

As I said before, this is quite a strange and unusual book, quite unlike any other. There are bits that are quite magical and fantastical, such as the future revealing diary, that the reader is not provided with an explanation for. But Cecelia Ahern seems to excel at books that are a bit different and have unexpected themes, such as A Place Called Here, or The Gift, which, again, require a huge suspension of disbelief from the readers, and also no expectation of any clear answers. I like this quote about Cecelia Ahern from the back of one of her books: ‘Anything is possible with Cecelia Ahern’. Most definitely. But she always pulls it off and produces the most amazing books.

The Book of Tomorrow is a really enjoyable book and very exciting. Definitely recommended.

The Book of Tomorrow (Hardcover)

By (author): Cecelia Ahern

Harper Collins 1st. Edition.
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