The Third Angel Paperback
This haunting, poignant and addictive story travels effortlessly across time, telling the tale of three generations of women who make the wrong choices and have to live with the consequences.
It opens in London in the present day, when an envious sibling comes to her sister's wedding.
Back in the Swinging Sixties, the bridegroom's conventional English mother, Freida, behaves in a wholly unconventional way while working in a Knightsbridge hotel.
Even before that, the seeds of tragedy are sown in the Fifties, when twelve-year-old Lucy first visits London and the same hotel.
Precocious, impatient, wise beyond her years, Lucy becomes a go-between for two star-crossed lovers and then holds herself agonisingly responsible for what happens...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 02/04/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099523499
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Review by tina1969
Headstrong Madeleine Heller finds herself hopelessly attracted to her sister's fiancé. Frieda Lewis, a doctor's daughter and a runaway, becomes the muse of an ill-fated rock star. And beautiful Bryn Evans is set to marry an Englishman while secretly obsessed with her ex-husband. At the heart of the novel is Lucy Green, who blames herself for a tragic accident she witnessed at the age of twelve, and who spends four decades searching for the Third Angel - the angel on earth who will renew her faith.My Thoughts:I loved both Practical Magic and Blue Diary and wanted to really like this book. However I didn’t and I struggled to finish it. The story is told backwards and all three story interweave with each other.The first story I felt was the better one but it was depressing. The second and third stories for me were promising but really didn’t go anywhere. The characters were not fleshed out enough I felt were very wooden. The story had a ghost element to it but for me that fizzled out to nothing at allMy only positive with this book is that some of the passages were beautifully written. My favourite being this one:The exact moment Paul opened his mouth and a strange breath came out, as if his spirit was leaving him.Allie reached uo to catch it and it slipped through her fingers. It was so fine it was like trying to catch light within a pair of clumsy hands or sift running water in the dark..Really sorry that I couldn’t have liked this book more but for me it was boring at times and quite depressing.