I've seen lots of people discussing their favourite books of the year / most underrated books of the year, but I want to know which books were a huge let-down for you. They don't have to have been published this year – and if there's a similar post already on this, please do point me in that direction!
I'll start with mine: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I'll try to keep it as spoiler-free as possible… Honeyman definitely created a unique and amusing voice in Eleanor, but to me it felt as though she'd come up with the voice and then had to work backwards and make up a story (complete with ~shocking twist~ in the final act) to justify why Eleanor is like she is – and it just didn't ring true to me. For example, there were certain experiences and knowledge that Eleanor didn't have, which I simply don't believe is possible given that she grew up in a 'normal' environment from the age of ten or eleven (can't quite remember). The ending also felt too neat and easy given the seriousness of the mental health issues involved; I ended up feeling cheated.
I know it's won prizes and is universally loved, so I fully expect you all to disagree with me! But I hope this will be a thread where you can rant and get things off your chest without judgement 🙂 Over to you!