The Charmed Life of Alex Moore


You may have seen in previous posts that I set myself a reading challenge at the beginning of the year to read 12 books in the 12 months. You may also have seen that I am failing miserably in this goal, it’s nearly the end of June and I have just finished my 4th book of the year. I clearly need a kick up the arse and thought monthly book reviews and updates might hold me more accountable, it might also be a nice way for any readers to share their thoughts and opinions on the books I am reading.

So first up as the title would suggest is The Charmed Life of Alex Moore by Molly Flatt, here's what the back cover blurb has to say

When life turns extraordinary, can she leave ordinary behind?
Six months ago, Alex Moore was going nowhere in a dead-end job. Then, seemingly overnight, she turned her life around and became one of London’s hottest entrepreneurs. But now weird things are happening to her memories – not to mention the mugging, the stalker and the wild claim that she murdered a stranger. Worst of all, her friends and fiancé are less than supportive of her new found success.
So when Alex is invited to the Orkney Islands for a research project, she can’t wait to unplug and recharge. But weird turns to WTF as she stumbles upon the world’s oldest secret… a secret that her stratospheric rise has catastrophically messed up.

The book begins “As the man flew backward he already knew he was dead” your interest is peaked from the first sentence, and you have a multitude of questions forming in your mind, who is he? what happened to him? how can he know he is dead? is he dead or dying? you are instantly intrigued and excited to find out the story behind this startling and seemingly fast paced beginning, but unfortunately the rest of the book fails to live up to expectations

This was a tough read for me as it was slow, really slow, I almost gave up on this book completely quite a few times as it just never seemed to get anywhere. The writing was descriptive and the story was actually interesting but the book felt padded out, like a kid at school who has been told their essay has to be a set number of words so they waffle.

The author takes such a long time to reveal any information that you find yourself making up versions of events for yourself, and depending on your level of imagination finding the actual version a bit of a letdown.

The story is actually an interesting one, I wont go into too much detail as I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who was planning to read the book, but it is let down by over elaborate descriptions and a series of bit part characters who in my opinion add very little to the narrative, and in some case seem to hinder it.

Overall I do not think this is a bad book, or one that is not worthy of reading. I just think it is a shame that it didn’t live up to the promise of the blurb or first page.