Book review: The Other Half of Me by Morgan McCarthy

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Inspired by Fitzgerald, Waugh and the grand mansions featured in The Great Gatsby and Brideshead Revisited, Morgan McCarthy turns Evendon, a rambling 15th century Welsh manor house, into her own literary landmark.

Rarely do debut novels achieve such impact but from its languid, lyrical prose through a cast of coruscating characters and onto its haunting climax, The Other Half of Me is a darkly impressive tale of family secrets, aching loneliness, faded grandeur and sibling love.

Assured and accomplished, this is a book to roll around the mind, a slow-burning, intriguing mystery which flames into an addictive and affecting elegy to the pains of youth and the powerful forces of the past.

 

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