Open Ticket

Fiction - Womens
232 Pages
Reviewed on 07/30/2015
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Author Biography

Christine Baker (writing as Rebecca Clements) was born in 1956 in London to Polish refugee parents. Whilst she was living in the Czech Republic in 1997-2004 the idea for her first novel, Open Ticket, was formed and the story underwent several transformations before being published in November 2014. As Rebecca Clements, she has also produced a number of short stories (which will be published as an anthology in 2015) and a screenplay. Her next novel, Does He Eat Broccoli? - a satire about over-parenting - is due to be published in 2015.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Open Ticket by Rebecca Clements revolves around two friends, Eva McKinley and Roz. Eva has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and she also wants to break free from her unfaithful husband and go to Prague to learn more about her roots. Both the women are going through difficult phases in their lives and are on a path to self-discovery. They hope to bring about a transformation in their lives and, as they begin their search for their lost selves, they meet with many obstacles, twists and turns. The Czech culture and the new people who come into Eva's life put a strain on their friendship. Will the trip help Eva find out more about her family and why they fled the country?

The book has many layers, making it an engaging story. Douglas, Eva's father-in-law, is also terminally ill and he was always the father Eva never had. The characters are all very real and relatable. The connection between the two friends and their friendship is palpable to readers. The author's writing style is simple and neat. She draws readers into the book with her descriptions, and the drama, conflict and secrets that unfold as the story progresses are very interesting. The twists and turns in the story as readers are taken on a journey with Roz and Eva, who are trying to understand themselves, and the author's fluidity in expression give a good pace and movement to the story.