100 word review – David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks

Written in five time periods from 1985 to 2043, The Bone Clocks roughly follows the life of Holly Sykes, a daughter of a pub landlord from Gravesend with a moderate power of precognition. The reveals are fairly slow, but this makes them all the more satisfying as the sheer depth and complexity of the narrative arc becomes clear. The style will be familiar to readers of Cloud Atlas, but in many ways the story feels more focused despite its metaphysical ambition. I am not sure why it wasn’t shortlisted for the Booker in 2014, it is a fantastic read.


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