Gillian Hutt

Helpful votes received on reviews: 69% (11 of 16)


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Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over Modernised, 4 Mar 2014
I am a huge fan of both Jane Austen and Joanna Trollope, and have re-read the novels of both many times.
Both are in their way major social commentators of the times in which they live.
I did enjoy this attempt to bring the plot of Sense and Sensibility into the 21st century, and there are many enjoyable parts to the book. I liked the random but sly use of names 'Wills' and 'the Middletons', and comments throughout the book such as 'this is not 1810!'
However I think Joanna Trollope overdid the glib modernisation - there was too much about Facebook, Twitter etc. Also why did Marianne have to play the guitar? People still play the piano! A piano is more appropriate for… Read more
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This story of Tupperware and murder got off to a great start. The character of Cecilia was highly comical (I don't know if this was intentional) and I laughed out loud several times over her passion for the different sizes and uses for Tupperware. This contrasted well with the tragedy surrounding Rachel, and I thought the author wrote well about both serious and superficial emotions and events. The Australian setting and context added an interesting and different background to the story. The story gripped me throughout.
But unfortunately I hated the morally dubious and unsatisfactory ending (including all the excuses in the Epilogue). How much better if the murderer had gone to prison,… Read more
Blue Monday: A Frieda Klein Novel (Frieda Klein 1) by Nicci French
4.0 out of 5 stars Blue Monday, 29 Sep 2013
I really enjoyed this book with its moody scenes of London and interesting central character. I found it perceptive, and it hit the right notes psychologically. (This psychological truth is something lesser novelists invariably get wrong, and it never fails to irritate). In this novel the troubled, weary but clever psychoanalysts seemed only too believable. Alongside the tension and drama there were flashes of humour and wit, with a final twist I didn't see coming. It was a book I couldn't put down, and have already ordered the next in the series.

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