Book Review: The Flavours of Love by Dorothy Koomson

By | November 18, 2013


With the first week of November arrived another Dorothy Koomson book, and since I am no where near a decent library I had to resolve once again to reading an electronic version and I have to say, paper or not, reading the very first pages filled me with warmth, like giving a long lost best friend a big bear hug <3

I loved the book, I couldn’t put it down, my heart went out to the widow of the murdered man and I could feel her grief. I felt her frustration with her teenage daughter’s situation and was amazed by how tolerant she was towards her. Perhaps a bit too tolerant, her constantly trying to talk to her daughter and only be rewarded with shrugs got on my nerves eventually, I wish her dilemma and sulking didn’t take up so much of the storyline, I actually wanted to reach inside the book to give her a piece of my mind and perhaps a well deserved shake!

However, I did feel that there were perhaps too many balls in the air in terms of characters and side-plots. There is the best friend, the neighbour who is an emotional vampire, the in-laws, the jerk boss, the teenage daughter, the school teacher, and the eccentric old aunt! In the midst of all these people, the person who murdered the husband and now stalking the family, felt a bit lost and I would have loved to know more about their story, their background, and what drove them to the point of no return. Also, with so many things going on at once, when the confrontation with the killer finally arrived it felt too short and abrupt. I expected a longer, more dangerously dramatic chapter.

The book has a happy-sh ending but its not really a happy ending if you look at the big picture, the husband is still gone and no matter what comes out of the story, he is still lost forever and is never coming back.

Here is the book description, you can buy the book from Amazon (link) or if you are in Kuwait you can buy an electronic copy:

‘I’m looking for that perfect blend of flavours; the taste that used to be you. If I find it, I know you’ll come back to me.’

It’s been 18 months since my husband was murdered and I’ve decided to finish writing The Flavours of Love, the cookbook he started before he died. Everyone thinks I’m coping so well without him – they have no idea what I’ve been hiding or what I do away from prying eyes. But now that my 14-year-old daughter has confessed something so devastating it could destroy our family all over again, and my husband’s killer has started to write to me claiming to be innocent, I know it’s only a matter of time before the truth about me and what I’ve done is revealed to the world.

My name is Saffron Mackleroy and this is my story.

2 Responses to “Book Review: The Flavours of Love by Dorothy Koomson”

  1. Crawfie says:

    I felt exactly like you about the daughter. I havent finished book yet, but loving it. Cant wait for all the story lines to come together. Definitely a page turner.

    • danderma says:

      I hope you like the ending better than I did but I do agree it is quite a page turner. Pity we won’t see another Dorothy book until 2016 though :(