After finishing school in December, it took me a while to get back into reading. I have always loved to read, but not being able to do a lot of reading for pleasure I spent more time watching Netflix and YouTube when I wanted to relax. I’m working on remedying that now (though I will never turn my back on Netflix and just started watching Drop Dead Diva, so I will be spending a lot of quality time with it in the next few weeks) and want to work on making more time for reading. This is one reason that I make seasonal reading lists, so that I have more motivation to read. Now that I’ve finished my first from my Winter Reading List, I feel like I’ve caught the bug again and will be choosing books over YouTube videos more often.
The Marble Collector, written by Cecelia Ahern is not exactly what I was expecting. It wasn’t a bad thing that it wasn’t what I expected though. I’ve read a few of her novels before, and really enjoy the way she tells stories. I like that Ahern writes characters with depth that you continue to discover as the story unravels, and The Marble Collector was no different.
Told from the perspective of Sabrina Boggs and her father (both in present and flashbacks), this is a story of family, identity and finding out what we really know about the two. After her father suffers a stroke and is living in a rehabilitation centre, Sabrina comes across some of her father’s belongings and discovers that she doesn’t know her father as well as she once thought.
I enjoyed the mysterious nature of the plot, and that it all happens in the space of one day (minus the flashbacks), which I found helped with the pacing. It did start off a little slow, but it picks up quickly and grabs your attention. When I said it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, I meant that in the sense that it was not completely predictable (which I loved) and it made me think a lot. It is a heartwarming, though at times dark, story that made me think twice about how I view my family, and how I treat others. It’s difficult to explain what I mean by that. I suppose you’ll just have to read it for yourself and find out!
If you’re already a fan of Cecelia Ahern, I expect you would enjoy this read!
Have your read this novel? What are you currently reading?