Review: The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash

Format: Hardback finished 27 January 2020.

Rating: 2/5

A quick, absorbing read at first, and I enjoyed reading it however there was no proper ending. It ended up feeling like a slice of someone’s life with a rushed bit at the end summarising what happened to the characters after the main section of the book finished. 

The last book I read like this was Normal People by Sally Rooney and I hated that book, firstly for the content and secondly for the writing style. The Dakota Winters is far superior to that book and I loved the insights into John Lennon’s life and the life of someone coming back from the edge. 

This book was entertaining to read especially because of the wide range of names – Teddy and Joan Kennedy to Johnny Carson and it was fascinating to read about the iconic Dakota building.

But at the end of the day it was another book that didn’t seem to have a purpose. It was refreshing to read a book without a bad guy but this certainly doesn’t reflect real life.

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