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The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

The Chaperone - Laura Moriarty

Oh, brother. I liked the story at first, and the writing seemed ok. The main character seemed a bit contradictory and not very consistent (or maybe just not very well-developed), but I kept going. I wanted to learn more about her and the flashbacks to her earlier life was interesting enough.However, the book started to unravel about 1/4 of the way in, and then became more and more ridiculous and unbelievable. The main character seemed less believable as an individual, and then when I got to the revelations about her husband, I had had enough. I could only see the rest of the book getting worse, so I quit while I was ahead.It could have been an interesting book, but it just turned into unrealistic, unbelievable nonsense. This wasn't historical fiction, it was a loose sense of the past as seen through modern eyes.