Cecelia Ahern is one of those rare authors who never fails to write with such a heart warming yet gripping and thought provoking tone in every book. Her writing style never ceases to amaze me, and once again I have not been let down in 'One Hundred Names'. Somehow Ahern has managed to think of such a compelling yet interesting novel idea, and turned it into a pure piece of brilliance, yet again.
The book tells the tale of Kitty, formally known as Katherine, Logan, a journalist. Being in such a profession, Kitty is evermore chasing after 'big news' to help give her career that one boost she feels is necessary to be truly happy. But chasing 'the big scoops' if you will, often leaves Kitty with rather dire consequences to face. The book begins as Kitty's life is quite literally falling apart. She makes a mistake that not only gets her caught up in a scandal, but her personal relationships are tested to the limit too.
In addition to Kitty's work life spiralling downhill, her close friend, boss and lifelong mentor, Constance Dubois, is bed-bound in hospital due to cancer. Kitty manages to face her fears for the first time by making a long overdue visit to see Constance in the Hospital, where she comes to terms with what her life has been lacking.
Constance leaves kitty with a project - her final story, the one she never got around to writing – One Hundred Names. Kitty is desperate to honour Constance’s memory and thus sets out the task of unravelling the mystery and proving her worth as a writer. Throughout the book you follow Kitty's journey into not only discovering the mystery that links all of the one hundred names, but Kitty's journey of her her own self discovery.
Ahern writes in such a simple way that it is hard not to become emotionally invested in a matter of sentences. Once again the writing style is real, but has interesting and witty quirks that make it worth the read. The characters, although many, are explored in depth to the extent that you're eager to read as fast as you possibly can to solve each characters individual mini mystery. I enjoyed all of the characters stories and interesting tales and I felt that these overwhelmingly added to the mysterious and captivating qualities of this book.
Although at points I feel annoyed, or just generally disliking Kitty, it is these traits that she eventually overcomes through her awareness that the world is not there solely to fulfil her needs and wishes. However, these not-so-attractive traits make her story more human and overall contribute to the realistic message at the end of the book.
At times the book was predictable as are most books bordering on the romance genre. However, this was not necessarily a negative thing as sometimes it is nice to have a guaranteed happy ending. Another possible downside to this novel is the amount of characters which at times make it a little confusing if you haven't been paying full attention. That being said, the amount of characters creates a reflection of our busy lives and adds interesting under-lying story lines within the main storyline.
By the end of the book, you feel like you have accompanied Kitty through thick and thin; her emotions are your own and her journey has been your journey too. Cecelia Ahern has once again created a book with a sprinkle of magic and a lovely inspirational message to take away with you.
So whether you're heading away to somewhere nice and sunny to escape the winter blues and fancy a good beach read, or are simply looking for a book to snuggle up with on a chilly winter evening, then I assure you this book will not leave you disappointed.