Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Review: Down To Earth - Melanie Rose

When Michaela Anderson signs p for a charity parachute jump, she gets more than a case of vertigo ...

Suffering last-minute panis, Michaela's three colleagues go first. But just as she takes her leap of faith, an almighty gale blows up from nowhere. When she returns to the ground, she finds the airfield deserted, her car gone and the seasons mysteriously changed. Posters nearby proclaim Michaela to have been missing for the last six and a half years ... Everything about her life is completely different.

But Michaela is determined to find out the truth. Was she kidnapped? Is she now suffering amnesia - or has something even more extraordinary occurred? With the help of handsome pilot Matt, Michaela sets out to find the truth. And what she discovers rocks everything she has ever believed in to the core ...

Down To Earth is a unique book with an interesting plot. There's plenty going on throughout the whole book to keep the pages turning. I liked that the reason behind Michaela's disappearance was a mystery to both the characters and the reader. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of detail included - there's a 'science bit' and a couple of other parts, such as when Abbey is using Tarot cards, that were clearly well researched. However, I did feel that maybe the explanations given where a little too much.

While a large part of the book is about Michaela finding out what had happened to her during the time she was missing, there's also a lot of other elements. The story is also about how she adjusts to life six and a half years on. To start with there was a few moments when Michaela was surprised at changes such as the difference in mobile phones and I would have liked to have seen more of this throughout the book. Another big part of the story was the relationships in Michaela's life, how they've changed and how she deals with that.

This book is definitely worth the read and would be particularly enjoyed by fans of Sophie Kinsella, Cecilia Ahern etc.

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