One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern

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One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern

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Category: Women's Fiction
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: A little more than the usual chicklit fare as a disgraced reporter tries to write the story her friend wanted to write but died before she could.
Buy? Maybe Borrow? Yes
Pages: 336 Date: October 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 978-0007350469

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Kitty Logan's career had looked to be going well until she made a life changing mistake in a story she covered. It changed the life of the person whom she accused of doing something he didn't do and it changed her life too. The network suspended her. As if her life couldn't get any worse she had to face losing a close friend - the woman who taught her all she knew - who was dying of cancer. At her bedside for what was to be the last time (well, actually, it was the first too - it's not just her research Kitty's been neglecting) Constance was asked if she would tell Kitty about the one story she always wanted to write.

Constance had such a story and she directed Kitty to her files but before Kitty could speak to her again Constance died. She was left with a list of a hundred names and no outline, no synopsis of the story and no details - just the hundred names, each of whom could be anyone, anywhere. Before she knew what was happening Kitty had committed herself to writing Constance's story for the next issue of the magazine she founded. What had she taken on? As if that wasn't enough there's a bit of a hangover from that television programme and it looks as though it might cost her the lease on her flat.

If you're looking for a chick-lit romance then this might not be the book for you. To begin with you're probably not going to be that keen on Kitty. Right after the court case she's thinking only about herself and she's still very much the television presenter. It takes a while - and Constance's death - to ground her again, to make her realise what's important in life. And she's going to have to face a few dirty tricks (some more literally so than others) before she sorts herself out. Romance is there, but it's incidental. The story is the story of the hundred names.

It's not difficult to guess at the connection between the names but that doesn't really matter. What is important is the individual stories told by the few people that Kitty manages to contact. There's a wide range of ages and people from all walks of life but in talking to her contacts Kitty gradually comes to realise more about her own life. It is, you can see, just a little more unusual than a chicklit romance! I'd like to thank the publishers for dropping a copy in to the Bookbag. We also have a review of Ahern's The Marble Collector.

If this book appeals then you might also enjoy A Place Called Here which is also by Cecelia Ahern or Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes.

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