Some really good books this month to share.
Amanda Jennings- The Judas Tree. This was so good, that I’m only going to quote from the books’ cover so I don’t spoil it for you. “A gripping page turner ” It was and I read it in only a couple of days. “Childhood betrayal casts a long shadow” . Set in a school in Cornwall leading to an horrific incident ..which haunts two boys Will and Luke into adulthood. First rate thriller. That’s all I’m saying. No it’s not all I’m saying ..the author has written other books. Hurrah!
Bonnie Garmus- Lessons in Chemistry- I have read reviews of this book from those that loved it and those that couldn’t see what the fuss was all about. I’m in the Love it camp. It is set in the 50’s when the idea of women as serious career scientists, managers, engineers was thought ridiculous and/or unnatural. Criticism that this is not a new topic is accurate. But this novel lays out what a crazy waste of talent this was. So Elizabeth Zott fired from her job as a research chemist becomes a TV cookery presenter and explains the science behind her recipes. The novel is funny and charming and I loved the running commentary from the dog Six Thirty.
Kate Morton-The Distant Hours- The setting is a castle in Kent, the distant hours reflect the people and events from the past and the impact on the present. If only the walls could talk, the tales they would tell. In the novel the past does have an echo.The time span is the 1920’s till the present day. Three sisters live in the castle inherited from their father..an author of a well loved children’s story, a rather unpleasant scary story as it turns out. Not going to say much more . Kate Morton is a very skilled plotter and writes beautifully. Just when you think you have sussed everything out..she springs the final twist and find yourself totally wrong, bamboozled in fact. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Paula Hawkins- Into The Water- an enjoyable but not great murder mystery. I wasn’t keen on the multiple narrators as I kept forgetting who everyone was. But it kept me gripped and you can’t say fairer than that.
Mark Mills- The Savage Garden- Picked up from the library’s display table on gardening books. It was a Richard and Judy summer read, and would be perfect on your hols. Set in Florence and surrounding environs’, Adam a student at Cambridge in 1956 is invited to a Tuscany villa with gorgeous garden to unravel the mysteries of its design. Described in the blurb as A hugely atmospheric murder mystery. Which it was!
Sarah Winman- The Tinman- From the cover ” It begins with two boys, Ellis and Michael who are inseparable. The Boys become men, and then Annie walks into their lives, and it changes nothing and everything” . The setting is Oxford..not the university but the car factory and the Cowley Rd and France, with nods to Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, and Frejus, where Mr E and I had a couple of camping holidays. It is a beautifully written tale of love and loss. I assumed there would be a twist in it at the end, there wasn’t unless I missed it. The problem with some books is that author’s assume you read in a single sitting, but most books are read in small goes, and if the chapters are too long you loose the thread. If I’d liked it more I would reread it to make sure I’d not missed something vital. At only 195 pages I shouldn’t feel this, maybe I’m just getting old.
So that’s it for May. Lots more good ones in the stack for June. I hope you have some Good ones too. My next one is another from the Garden display.. Wondered if you use your library do they do themed displays?