It has been a month for escaping into books. Here we go…
Camilla Way- Watching Edie- An innocent school girl friendship between Edie and Heather falters when Edie meets Connor, leading to a terrifying end. Sixteen years later Heather makes contact with Edie at a time Edie needs a friend. Themes of love, loss, friendship. bullying, domestic violence, motherhood and remorse. A very good psychological thriller with an expected but unexpected ending. If that makes sense. It was a good read, but I found it rather unsettling.
Jane Harper- The Dry-A very good thriller set in Australia during a drought which has lasted two years. Who killed the Hadler family and is it linked to the death of a teenage girl years ago? Scrublands is a novel I had read also set in the drought in Australia, which gave for me a much better impression of what extreme prolonged heat feels like. I did like The Dry because this book demonstrated the knock on effect of failing farms on the local community and the desperation and hopelessness emotions that take hold, with tempers frayed and fights likely to happen. Lots of twists and a real page turner.
Donna Tartt- The Secret History- I really enjoyed this book. Richard Papen is a young man from an ordinary family who goes to college in New England. He enrolls in a small class of Ancient Greek classicists. The first part of the book details what sounds like an idyylic time for him, amongst clever interesting people, they have money and he enters a world of wealth and entitlement. There is an atmosphere of brooding menace, and towards the end of part one there is Trouble. Part two deals with the crumbling of that world as the protagonists move towards the ultimate conclusion. At times I wondered if the author was trying to make the book comic as the lives of everyone came crashing down, it certainly had moements of being ludicrous. On the whole I think it wasn’t meant to be amusing! Just me. A good read and the characters are likeable enough that you get drawn into their world and wish them well even when they deserve not to be happy.
Love to know what you thought if you had read this one. I prefer it to her Goldfinch.
Denise Mina- Garnethill- mmm don’t know quite what to say about this book. Set in Glasgow, a woman awakes from a drunken sleep to find her married boyfriend dead in her sitting room. She turns detective to clear herself and then to bring justice to the murderer. The basic plot was fine but I found the style clunky and either I missed bits or some aspects just got missed by the author. I almost gave up on it at the start, then got caught up in the middle section but found the end disappointing. Val McDermid gives her a wonderful introduction, and I don’t like Val McDermid’s writing, so maybe it’s down to personal taste. Please disagreee with me…
Jojo Moyes- after you- the sequel to “me before you”. I loved it. It made me laugh and cry. Theme is grief and moving on. Highly recommend it but you must be familiar with “me before you.”
Danya Kukafka- Girl in Snow- A who dun it. The who is revealed slowly through three narrators all linked to the victim or to each other. A nice steady pace, and not gruesome.
Erin Kelly- The Burning Air-This is a very good psychological thriller, although the library has classified it as Crime. An extended family go to Devon to their holiday home. The youngest son brings along a new girlfriend, who offers to babysit a sister’s baby, so she can go out with her sons to a village event. On the families return there is no sign of the girlfriend or the baby. The plot unfolds from the perspective of different people. A frightening story of delusion and revenge. Thanks to whoever recommended this one to me, it’s a good one.
Is that really seven books this month? No wonder the knitting and sewing has taken a back seat. Have you read any of these, what did you think? Have you read anything good in June? Love to hear from everyone. Now where is my book, the weather is set for very hot, so my book under a tree sounds perfect.