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Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch

Jamrach's Menagerie: A Novel (Vintage) - Carol Birch

The very beginning of the story was really intriguing and it really got me interested in where things might go next. However, the rest of the book just failed in keeping up the same strength as the start. First, there was a jump of a few years time, and a few references to what had happened in that time. If you have to do that already, you know something is a bit off. It just felt like the writing weakened greatly, and I ended up losing interest in the story after awhile.