Oh Dear Sylvia By Dawn French – Book Review #18

I was looking forward to reading Oh Dear Sylvia because I love Dawn French. I kept seeing it on the shelves at the charity shop and one day just decided to buy it.

Oh Dear Sylvia

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Everyone knows the real Silvia, don’t they?

Silvia Shute lies in hospital in a coma. Family and friends gather at her bedside, each thinking they know the real Silvia. But do they? For Silvia hides a secret. One she can never tell. And as her visitors congregate so the truth about Silvia is slowly revealed. Again, and again and again . . .

My Thoughts

I was expecting to read a really funny book. If the words, side-splitting and hilarious weren’t on the front cover, I wouldn’t have been set up for disappointment.
I would have started reading without the expectation of being made to laugh out loud and would have enjoyed the book for what it was.

It’s a sad read. I felt so sorry for Cassie and Jamie. They didn’t deserve to be treated like that and as a mother I know I wouldn’t ever be able to do that to my daughter.

I don’t know if I’ll read her other book, A Tiny Bit Marvellous. I keep getting tempted because it comes into the shop quite often but I think I’ll see what others think of it first before I buy it.

Oh Dear Sylvia by Dawn French

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  1. Sarah MumofThree World 15th May 2018 at 1:17 pm

    I read A Tiny Bit Marvellous a long time ago and I have a feeling it was quite dark. It’s a shame this one was made out to be funnier than it actually was, but I’m still quite intrigued by it!

  2. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) 14th May 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Same as Catherine I wasn’t aware that she wrote novels, at least you can say you gave it a go #readwithme

  3. Catherine @ Story Snug 14th May 2018 at 2:54 pm

    I didn’t know that Dawn French had written novels. I’m sorry you were disappointed when you read this one.


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