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Book Title: The Portal Between (The Portal Series, #1)|
The author of the book: Sarah Barnard
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 33.14 MB
Edition: Ethics Trading
Date of issue: September 2008
ISBN 13: 9781409230588
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Reader ratings: 3.2
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Two years have passed since Sam mysteriously disappeared, leaving nothing behind except for her car that was found near an old oak tree. No one knew where she had gone, and all that was found was a set of footprints that led to the tree and disappeared. Kate, a friend who had been babysitting Sam’s kids on the night of her disappearance, had taken on guardianship of Sam’s children. Years had passed, but Kate and the kids didn’t give up hope that one day Sam would return, and then, one day, she did.
Their first encounter was cryptic, but Sam told Kate to meet her near the old oak tree. With her friend Lily watching the kids, Kate heads to the oak. Sam appears from the tree, followed closely by a beast that Kate doesn’t recognize. After a successful escape, Sam explains that she had gone through the portal on that fateful night, and had just managed to escape. The return home was a happy but incredibly awkward one, followed by a length of time trying to reacclimatize to life. The worst isn’t over yet though, as the beast from the tree is still after Sam, as is the man who sent it. They don’t want to wait around for him to come to them though, and risk endangering the children. They’ll have to go through the portal and face him!
My main contention with the plot of this book was the complete and total lack of official follow up. A woman went missing for two years and suddenly reappeared, and the only person who cares is the social worker? Where are the police? I find it hard to believe that they wouldn’t want to question Sam relentlessly as to where she had been for the last two years… And no one they came into contact with seemed terribly unsettled by her sudden reappearance. This woman mysteriously vanished, and when encountering people she knew, such as Kate’s ex, no questions were asked! The end drives me nuts for similar reasons… I don’t want to give anything away, so suffice it to say that apparently in the England that Barnard has written, people can vanish for extensive periods of time whenever they want and the authorities accept it with no questions asked.
There were other points in the plot that were poorly explained as well. One point which stood out to me was when Lily was looking at an orb that was made by Sam and she said, “Oh! Well that’s interesting!” which would indicate to the reader that she realized something. Unfortunately, you never clearly find out what that realization was. I can toss out a theory or two, but I was left wondering. Another thing which confused me was how long Sam was actually gone. She thought only a few days would pass in our world in the time she was in the other, but never indicated how long she had actually been there for. I’m assuming it was a long time, since she seemed to have lost all of her social skills and looked a bit haggard. She also mentions at one point towards the end that she’ll explain what had happened to her in the other world, but never does.
Overall, the characters are well written, although at times I was confused as to what children belonged to which mother. The book is part of a developing series, so hopefully there will be further explanation regarding why Kate and Sam, two seemingly normal women, possess this power that allows them to access the other world. I wasn’t too keen on the character relationships that were developed. This was one of those books that would have been exactly the same story even without the development of a relationship between the main characters, therefore making the relationship completely pointless. In cases like this one, it seems as though the author really just wanted to include some sex in the story purely for the sake of getting to write about it, and not as a means of adding to the storyline.
Overall, this story had some gaping holes in the plot and a slew of confusing and unnecessary plot elements. The pace was slow (how many times do we really have to sit through tea time and breakfast in a single book?) and the ending was fairly anticlimactic. The concept of this book has potential, but all in all I’d say this effort was a flop…
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Read information about the authorSarah was born in March 1969 in Dunfermline, grew up in the south of England and now lives in Wales.
She's a pisces according to one zodiac and a rooster by another. Make of that what you will.
Sarah's work appeals across generations and ages but is generally sci fi or fantasy at its core.
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