The Address by Fiona Davis

Review published on August 4, 2018.

The address of the title is the Dakota building in New York and this is the story of two women, a hundred years apart, who lived there and whose lives were changed by what happened there. The most compelling story is that of Sara, who leaves England in the 1880s when she is offered a job in America managing the grand new apartment building. She becomes involved with the architect, Theodore Camden, and his family. In 1985 Bailey Camden, an interior designer who has just come out of rehab, is helping her cousin with the renovation of her apartment.

I really enjoyed this novel, particularly the 1880s setting where the contrast between the rich and the poor in New York is so apparent. The historical detail is brilliantly described whether it concerns the luxury of the Dakota or the horrors of island mental asylum. The alternating chapters of Bailey’s story are interesting too as she discovers more about Sara and the Camdens while struggling to rebuild her life. What Bailey finds out and what we are learning from Sara’s narrative don’t seem to fit until the twists and turns lead to an unexpected ending.

Superb plotting, interesting characters, intriguing family secrets and a real feel for the historical setting make this a very enjoyable read and a very good choice for groups.

Berwyn Peet 5/4

The Address by Fiona Davis
Dutton 9781524742010 pbk Jul 2018

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