Imaginative. Many novels rely on the imagination of readers to take a fictional character and try to picture that person in real life. Monica Ali takes a different course in her new novel, Untold Story. She takes a very well-known character, the late Princess Diana, and imagines her life had she not died, but instead staged a death, had plastic surgery and lived in obscurity. Some readers will find Ali’s character to be out of synch with a reader’s image, or find her premise preposterous. Such readers should take a pass on reading this novel. Those readers who like a well written novel, and are willing to suspend disbelief can enjoy Ali’s take on a character whose life could have gone another way. I found this novel to be fun to read, and Ali’s writing talent reveals itself on every page.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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