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The Whole World

by Emily Winslow

Series: Frohmann & Keene (1)

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Set in the richly evoked pathways and environs of Cambridge, England, The Whole World unearths the desperate secrets kept by its many complex characters?students, professors, detectives, husbands, mothers?secrets that lead to explosive consequences.
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I was in the mood for a decent crime novel and so pulled The Whole World off of my tbr and found it to be just the thing. Polly and Liv are Americans studying at Cambridge. They meet Nick, a graduate student and become a trio, only Live likes Nick and Nick like Polly. Then Nick disappears just after Polly's mother shows up and many secrets are revealed.

Winslow used to make up logic puzzles for a game magazine, so the plot is both intricate and fits together like a jigsaw puzzle. This is both a boon and a drawback to this novel; while it's refreshing to read a debut novel where the final answer lives up to the promise of the set-up, by the end of the book, all the details are resolved a bit too tidily. Still it was a fun book to spend an evening with and the writing was good, so I'd be happy enough to read another book by this author. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Oct 3, 2017 |
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Release date: May 25, 2010
At once a sensual and irresistible mystery and a haunting work of psychological insight and emotional depth, The Whole World marks the beginning of a brilliant literary career for Emily Winslow, a superb, limitlessly gifted author.

Set in the richly evoked pathways and environs of Cambridge, England, The Whole World unearths the desperate secrets kept by its many complex characters—students, professors, detectives, husbands, mothers—secrets that lead to explosive consequences.

Two Americans studying at Cambridge University, Polly and Liv, both strangers to their new home, both survivors of past mistakes, become quick friends. They find a common interest in Nick, a handsome, charming, seemingly guileless graduate student. For a time, the three engage in harmless flirtation, growing closer while doing research for professor Gretchen Paul, the blind daughter of a famed novelist. But a betrayal, followed by Nick’s inexplicable disappearance, brings long-buried histories to the surface.

The investigation raises countless questions, and the newspapers report all the most salacious details—from the crime that scars Polly’s past to the searing truths concealed in photographs Gretchen cannot see. Soon the three young lovers will discover how little they know about one another, and how devastating the ripples of long-ago actions can be.

If you enjoy psychological thrillers, then you will enjoy this book. The characters are very complex and Winslow keeps us turning pages in order to find out how and why the murders were committed. The story starts out slowly as the characters are introduced but by midway through the reader is caught up and it's hard to leave the story until the story is unfolded. I'm looking forward to Winslow's second novel as her first is hard to forget.
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  EadieB | Jan 19, 2016 |
This book looked promising, but I had difficulty in following the story. I can't read books where I can't find a sympathetic character, which was the case here. ( )
  karogers | May 19, 2011 |
Choices, consequences and eloquent descriptions. Each of these elements permeates "The Whole World: A Novel" by Emily Winslow. The mystery that she creates is so elaborate and well-written that its final twists cannot even be imagined until the last pages of the story. An excellent first novel and I look forward to reading anything that she writes in the future. ( )
  eheinlen | Feb 4, 2011 |
A mystery at Cambridge University. The point of view switches every few chapters, with each character telling part of the story. For each character the events they describe are their “whole world” and the story definitely revolves around them. Winslow explores confluence and perspective. ( )
  roseread | Dec 31, 2010 |
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Polly and Liv both have come from the US to study at Cambridge, each to escape events of their past. There, both women fall for Nick, a student, as the three work assembling photographs for Gretchen, a professor whose blindness requires her to seek their help in piecing together her enigmatic past. When Nick disappears, however, it sets off a chain of events that has enormous and devastating consequences for all of them. Crimes both real and perceived occur, and as characters try to solve the smaller unknowns, larger mysteries form.
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