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Crosstalk by Connie Willis

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List Price: £14.99


Paperback: 512 Pages.

Published: 15 September 2016 by Gollancz

ISBN: 1473200938

EAN: 9781473200937

Briddey is about to get exactly what she thinks she wants . . .

Briddey is a high-powered exec in the mobile phone industry, overseeing new products from concept ('anything to beat the new apple phone') to delivery. And she works with her wonderful partner, Trent. They've been together for six magical weeks, in a whirlwind of flowers, dinners, laughter and now comes the icing on the cake: not a weekend away or a proposal but something even better. An EDD. A procedure which will let them sense each other's feelings. Trent doesn't just want to tell her how much he loves her - he wants her to feel it.

Everything is perfect.

The trouble is, Briddey can't breathe a word of it to anyone (difficult, when the whole office is guessing) until she's had two minutes to call her family. And they're hounding her about the latest family drama, but when they find out about the EDD - which they will - they'll drop everything to interrogate her. And it might just be easier to have the procedure now and explain later.

The race is on: not just for new, cutting-edge technology, but also for a shred of privacy in a public world and - for Briddey - a chance for love at the heart of it all.

This is a brilliant, heart-warming romantic comedy from one of the wittiest and wisest of our authors. Written with a light touch and a smile, we're swept up in Briddey's romance - and into the difficulties of a world just one technological step away from our own, as technology and social media blur (or indeed remove) the line between personal and public.


4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

Clever idea

Briddey has an operation at the behest of her fiancé Trent. This is supposed to make them more empathetic to one another before their marriage (although you work out pretty easily and quickly that Trent must have another agenda because he is so obviously not a nice man - goodness knows what Briddey sees in him). What really happens is that Briddey can suddenly read minds and her head is filled with voices and knowledge that she wouldn't have otherwise. She needs to hide the operation from everyone she knows and also hide what she can now do from everyone she knows including Trent but it is not easy.

This is a great idea and the book deserves at least four stars for the intricate plotting and all the different ways that the author examines the idea through Briddey and her family and friends. At first I was captivated by what was happening and totally engaged as Briddey has to work out her love life and handle her precocious niece as well. Unfortunately, I thought that the book actually went on too long. I thought that the author needlessly complicated matters almost as though she had to explore every possible thing that might happen in the circumstances and I began to lose my sense of enjoyment by the end.

This book was worth reading. The ideas and how they are worked out are excellent. Unfortunately I found it flawed because it was so long and because it was so detailed. I still recommend it, allowing for the issues I had, to anyone who enjoys books with a good and interesting idea at their core.

I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley

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