Weight (not telling you) books read 1, reviews of said book 1, number of times cried over book 3 (v gd.) Warning: Beware spoilers.
So I did it, I read the whole of Bridget Jones in a weekend even though I knew Mark Darcy had been killed. In my naivety I did somehow hope that it had all been a mistake or that he had been forced into witness protection and would turn up in the third scene but alas it was not to be. So Fielding, I have reviewed your book and seeing as the last time I reviewed a book it was The Slap (writing that I had serious hatred for) this doesn’t bode well for you.
However the fact that I did read it in one weekend meant, at least, I do still think you can write and the comedy scenes you got Bridget into were still funny. But offing MD is an ever present mistake (as big as if you didn't have a spell check and thought words were all phonetic) the whole way through the book.
To also miss out Sharon pretty much completely (off being married, since when would Sharon have left Bridget?) and to add insult to fatal injury, killing off Bridget’s dad and Uncle Geoffrey as well (like we don’t know men go first!) is just too much. You should know that I'm not angry, just very disappointed and now mistrusting of any of your future works.
You see we know there is pain in the world and that death is part of life but we don't go to Bridget Jones to have this point drilled home to us. If we want the pain of real life we buy Jodi Picoult books, or read and watch the news or look out the window. If we want pseudo-real life we watch Made In Chelsea or TOWIE (please note, I will never again watch TOWIE, tried it once and spent 3 minutes watching a miniature dog take a dump).
We are not children that need to be taught about the harsh realities of what someone feels when a father and husband die and all the pain that entails. We come to Bridget for light hearted relief from these things and trust you to provide that relief which is all too sparse these days.
While I get that writers want to grow and change their characters, a nice divorce or separation would have been much better (with a healthy reconciliation at the end). As it is the whole book is tinged with a tar like sadness which won't wash off (even with the less than realistic and Happy Ever After ending your editor probably forced you to put in). You've let us down; you’ve let yourself down and worst of all you've let Bridget down.
A Word of warning Sophie Kinsella, don't ever kill off Luke Brandon, I GENUINELY couldn't take it.