Amy’s close-knit family adds to her confusion. Her twin sister, Thea, is making a rare trip back to England from her new home in L.A., her mother, Lucy, is still recovering from the sudden death of her husband, and her younger sister, Grace, is finally finding success as an actress. Her husband, James, is suffering from a strange phobia of elevators, and Amy and James’s close friend, Archie, may have cancer.
It took me a while to sort out who all of the characters were, because there are many, and their lives are all interlinked closely. Ms. Greenwood’s focus is broad, and it seems that her intention is to show how others’ actions affect our own. However, this broad focus meant that some of the characters did not seem as well-developed as they could have, and a few of them were difficult to distinguish from one another because they were so similar.
The chapters alternate between events that took place in 1994 and events that took place in 2004. This was somewhat confusing at first, especially since the characters’ lives change so much between those two years. By the time I got to the ending, though, the time-shifts made perfect sense—a testament to Ms. Greenwood’s talent with plotting.
Ms. Greenwood’s writing is mannered and concise, and she conveys a lot of meaning in a few words. She very skillfully ties together all of the loose ends in the book’s ending, but getting there is sometimes a bit difficult. SATISFACTION has its moments—indeed, the ending was very satisfying—and I look forward to Ms. Greenwood’s future work.