Bernadette Fox is notorious.
To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she’s his
hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife.
To fellow mothers at the school gate, she’s a menace.
To design experts, she’s a revolutionary architect.
And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend
and, quite simply, mum.
Then Bernadette disappears.
And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her.
I’ll admit I’m more of a visual person so as I was scanning the rows of books in Waterstones this is the cover that got my attention; I love the fresh, modern, arty look about it and the mix of soft and bold colours that bring it together. Then I read the blurb and knew I had to buy it!!
I love a book that isn’t written in the conventional way and that’s something that separates this book from the rest. Where’d you go Bernadette is a story told by an array of different characters from different perspectives. The story is told through letters, emails and reports; its a book thats engaging, exciting to read and thrilling which is what makes it a hard to put down!! The story infuses all sorts of relationships with sarcasm and wit throughout, I like a book that can be serious but also be quite comical in its approach and this is a book that does just that.
Bernadette is going through a little mid life crisis I think we could call it. Once a women making her mark in the architecture industry (that at the time seems to be a male dominated role), Bernadette is making plans for the future only to be hit with a hard dose of unfortunate life circumstances. Bernadette soon forgets about the women she once was who was driven, passionate and had a vision, she becomes a recluse!! So whats next for Bernadette?
Overall I really enjoyed the read, that was until near the end of the book. The storyline towards the end of the book for me was a little bit predictable in some ways and a little unrealistic in others, I also felt like the ending was a little rushed, the way it ended left me feeling bit disappointed (although I am a hard one to please with books). For anyone who wants a less serious read (less serious than say a crime novel) you might just enjoy reading this.