Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

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Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

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KATHERINE CARLYLE By RUPERT THOMSON (Corsair, Hardback, Pounds 14.99, ebook Pounds 8.99) THE central theme of Rupert Thomson's haunting novel is how we shape our identity, and ultimately our destiny. Our protagonist Katherine is a naive 19-year-old and due to start university, she's virtually an orphan - her mother has died of cancer and her war correspondent father is often absent. To spite him, she decides to disappear.

Convinced she's being sent celestial 'messages', she allows her interpretation of a series of random encounters to shape where she goes. En route she acts out conversations with her father - and her daydreams start to slowly merge with reality.

Although well-researched and with an acutely observed take on the growing pains and self-infatuation of a teenager on the cusp of a new life, Thomson's book leaves the reader cold with a protagonist who's ultimately unlikeable. …

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