Thursday, 18 July 2013
Review: Surfacing by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Just as Maggie is able to draw out other peoples deepest truths, Surfacing had a way of drawing you out of your world and into the world of the book. The beginning of Surfacing was compelling and captivating and I found myself quickly wanting to know more about Maggie and why she has this effect on others.
However as I read further my opinions changed, I felt that Surfacing was a bit disjointed, changing what time frame it was in with no apparent clue or hint to the change, going from present, to past, then back to present. The chapters were numbered, and occasionally we get a chapter from her sister, but frequently throughout the chapters we are suddenly thrown in a memory of Maggie's about the events that lead up to the death of her sister.
After finishing Surfacing I'm not too sure what to think. I think the story had a good plot to it, but the constant backwards and forwards between time lines confused things, and the story itself didn't seem to flow correctly. I would have enjoyed it more if the story was either told in a more linear way or clearly labelled so you knew what time frame you were in, failing that, then I would have liked more focus to have been on Maggie's ability to draw out others truths, expanding on this and finding out why this happens and how.