12 January 2016

Dear Thing by Julie Cohen

Title: Dear Thing
Author: Julie Cohen
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Relationships
Book Description:
Claire and Ben are the perfect couple. But behind the glossy fa├žade, they’ve been desperately trying – and failing – to have a baby for years. Now, the stress and feelings of loss are taking their toll on their marriage. Claire’s ready to give up hope and get on with her life, but Ben is not. And then Ben’s best friend, Romily, offers to conceive via artificial insemination and carry the baby for them.

Romily acts in good faith, believing it will be easy to be a surrogate. She’s already a single mother, and has no desire for any more children. Except that being pregnant with Ben’s child stirs up all sorts of emotions in her, including one she’s kept hidden for a very long time: Ben’s the only man she’s ever loved.

Two mothers—and one baby who belongs to both of them, and which only one of them can keep.



My Opinion:
I don't usually read books of this genre but this one intrigued me a lot just from the blurb. This is about a mother who no longer wants to be a mother and one who is desperately trying to be a 'mother' for the first time. This topic was of interest because I wanted to see what it was like from different points of views of the characters, especially how someone could be a surrogate! I had a lot of hope for this however I didn't find that it met all of my expectations.

Lets start off with the good things! The writing was lovely, full of naturalistic and innocent imagery, it was easy to enjoy. Similarly, the characters were really well thought of and created. I especially liked how they all linked together and the plot came round into a full circle; it started at the end!

Despite this, I found that the plot was very predictable. I found myself easily guessing what was going to happen and this isn't something I enjoy when I'm reading a book since I want unexpected twists! Although there were some scenes that weren't as predictable, there were very few.
Having read so many novels by Jodi Picoult, I found that this followed a similar style, which I enjoyed, however Picoult's novels do have more twists and are something I prefer.

Overall this was a pleasant read that didn't take me long to finish. Despite this, I wouldn't re-read it due to its predictability. I would recommend to those who are looking for a quick and easy read with an interesting topic but if you're looking for a plot full of captivating twists, this isn't it.



Rating 
3 out of 5 stars 

 Next book I'm going to review:
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath