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Something Might Happen [Paperback]

Julie Myerson
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6 May 2004

On a Monday night in October in a small seaside town in Suffolk, a woman is brutally murdered. There are no obvious suspects, she was not an obvious victim. She just wasn't, thinks her grieving, bewildered friend Tess, the type to have something happen to her.

Something Might Happen is not a murder mystery. There are clues, false trails, detectives, all the paraphernalia of the whodunnit, but Myerson's concern is with the effect of the murder on an ordinary community and specifically on Tess herself, her husband Mick and her three children. As the police go about their routine investigation, Tess's world of nappies, school runs and baked beans begins to unravel. Suddenly nothing is certain, the mundane becomes charged with significance, established relationships begin to crumble and places that once were safe are safe no longer.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (6 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099453525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099453529
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Julie Myerson is the author of seven novels, including the bestselling Something Might Happen, and three works of non-fiction, including Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived In Our House, which was dramatised on BBC Radio 4 and her most recent book, The Lost Child. She lives in London and Suffolk with her husband and teenage children.

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"Summer reading may never be the same after Julie Myerson's latest novel...Myerson has a talent for making the unthinkable readable. The result is riveting" (Observer)

"Electrifying" (Financial Times)

"This is top-notch storytelling - it doesn't let go and keeps you thinking" (Daily Mail)

"This novel stands as her most impressively realised work to date...Myerson has a forensic interest in the messiness of grief, which she itemises with the awful clarity of vision that often accompanies shock" (Guardian)

"Mesmerising, chilling stuff; Myerson's prose is taut and precise" (Sunday Times)

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'Chillingly convincing - Myerson leaves us teetering emotionally at the edge of the cliff, without a safety net' Independent

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars unconvincing and lacklustre 2 April 2010
By ~The Bookworm~ VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This was my first Julie Myerson book and I was really looking forward to reading it. Disappointment soon set in. Page 1 started well, but I was very quickly irritated by the lack of quotations marks around the dialogue. Why leave them off? It just makes a book so hard to read and I found it difficult to know when someone had stopped speaking and we were back in surrounding action or thoughts. It's not clever - it just makes the writer look as if they're trying to be clever/literary and failing.

I thought the story was okay, the study of grief quite interesting, but the emotional reality of the main character was unconvincing until the end. I didn't get any sense of her 'gorgeousness' and 'loveliness' and really couldn't grasp why all these men were falling over themselves for her. It also seemed odd that she had no women friends and interacted with hardly another female soul in the town except on a very slight, superficial, momentary level. But the one big question I have to ask is this - WHY do female characters have to be punished for transgressing? It happens in novels written by men (which doesn't make it acceptable) but I just expect better from women writers.

This was okay, and I'll probably read some of her other stuff, but I won't be rushing to find it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good potential but.... 14 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
Potential for a really great story but the lack of quotation marks to separate thought from conversation and dialogue from one to another was a very large distraction for me and prevented a smooth read. What could have been a nice flowing story because stilted and halted for me...maybe other readers would not be bothered by this but each time the flow became interrupted, so do the interest.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something Should Have Happened 25 Mar 2009
By Chaucer
Format:Paperback
This novel begins promisingly and is a refreshing change. It is not a whodunnit, focusing instead on the friends and family of the deceased following the murder of Lennie, wife and mother of two, during the subsequent murder investigation. Tess, a close friend of the victim, is at the centre of the novel. Through her eyes and her relationships we see the damage that this does to her, to her family and friends and to the closeknit community that the author successfully creates. Where the novel falls down is during the last third where increasingly the novel loses focus as Tess is drawn into a love affair with a family liaison officer. This and the dramatic and unnecessary ending pull the reader away from the intimate family and their complex relationships to the novel's detriment. Although an absorbing read, this could have been more successful as a study of relationships under extreme stress and grief.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Myrtle
Format:Paperback
An absolutely absorbing story. It wraps around your heart stealthily without you knowing, right up to the very end. It has a murder and a romance, but these are quite secondary to the haunting otherness of the place and above all the ordinarily unacknowledged feeling of safety in routine which shatters so profoundly and unexpectedly. Wonderfully, unpretentiously written, yet so acurately, that even Livvy the baby is vividly realised!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars failed to live up to expectation 12 July 2006
Format:Paperback
Hmm not a favourite. Too much conversation (and I too found the lack of quotation marks irritating) and IMHO superfluous conversation at that - it was't scene setting, character development, story development, it just felt as if the author needed to crank up the size... Quite apart from the story (about which I am still not convinced) the whole style of the book irked me and I really didn't like and failed to identify with the key character (in fact she was the ONLY character, everyone else seemed to be a two dimensional after thought). Maybe I am am staid and boring but I aldo found her ability to shift emotional attachments (which was a key element of the story) more akin to that a 15 year old in the throes of adolescence and not a middle aged woman (who I am so I reckon I know about which I speak!) with a family and children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly moving, beautifully written 29 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read some of the reviews here I was wondering if I'd read the same book. I found this book particularly engaging because I have a great affection for Southwold, the Suffolk town where the story is set. Myerson brings the town so much to life with her prose that it is perhaps not surprising that I found her book wonderfully evocative of very happy times spent there.

Some reviewers have criticised her for not using speech marks when writing dialogue. As you read the book however, you realise you are inside the head of Tess, the best friend of Lennie, the murder victim written about at the beginning of the novel. Being inside the head of this character means you see those conversations from her viewpoint - they are not meant to be direct transcripts. Therefore the writing works particularly well and helps us understand the world from her perspective, which is really what the whole book is about. Yes, she is somewhat detached but she has just experienced as huge a trauma as anybody is likely to and is going through a period in her life as so many do, when they question everything in their existence.

The denouement is one of the saddest, most emotionally gut-wrenching I have read in a contemporary novel and again makes me wonder why some have suggested that the ending is unsatisfactory. It is a book that takes the mundane and everyday and turns it into something sharp, sensual and apposite to our lives. Myerson should be applauded for not entering into a whodunnit and for not sensationalising the plot. The point here is that in many ways we live our lives in our heads, and sometimes get lost in those thoughts and emotions. This is a book that allows the reader real insight into those thoughts and hits you right in the solar plexus when key events truly change the protagonists' lives.

A fantastic read and one I would heartily recommend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric
Julie describes the area with incredible sharpness, I could picture the town with clarity thanks to her ability to paint pictures with words.

Interesting g read.
Published 1 month ago by susannah mansfield
1.0 out of 5 stars waiting for something to happen!
had to read it for a book club.
Would not have wasted my time or money if I had known.
Published 3 months ago by Katie Thorpe
4.0 out of 5 stars Different, poetically written and kept my interest throughout.
Being a mother of 4 who also lost her best friend I found this book rather poignant... although the last thing I wanted to do was shag someone in a hut on the beach... Read more
Published 4 months ago by john ritchie
3.0 out of 5 stars INFURIATING BOOK - ADDICTIVE YET TEDIOUS ALL AT ONCE
Glass full or glass empty - which is it?
Its addictive and one has to keep reading - Myerson knows how to do that to us. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fussy Londoner
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Water, Too Much Sky
This is my first Julie Myerson novel (though I've previously enjoyed her book reviews), and I chose it because of its Suffolk setting. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kate Hopkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite a dark novel
It did look at the subject of an attack, through different eyes. One tends to concentrate on wanting to know who had committed the crime and in this story, other dimensions were... Read more
Published 10 months ago by MrsVirginia R Porter
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable - Quotation Marks Were Invented for a Reason
I really would have liked to have read this book, but the lack of necessary punctuation made it too difficult and distracting. Read more
Published 14 months ago by AntoniaW
3.0 out of 5 stars Kept me reading
I bought this book on the strength of reading Sleepwalking, which I thought was original and believable but also provided insight into the way people think at different times in... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Art
3.0 out of 5 stars Preserve us from Islington!
The book is clever and I think that there is a reason for the lack of punctation - it gives the impression that one is actually there and thinking at the same time as the... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2012 by Margot
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating , chilling, sexy, story in fabulous setting
Julie Myerson, there's a name that raises a lot of hackles! The author of The Guardian's' Living with Teenagers' column, here crafts a story around a less dysfunctional family... Read more
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