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Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
I did enjoy this book. I thought the characterisation was very well done, and with a clever structure. It kept me reading, but I felt it became a bit of a plodding procedural half- way through.I keep telling myself not to be swayed by the hyperbolic reviews from other authors-it's all political. I would certainly not describe it as 'taking a turn that's SHOCKING' (Marian Keyes) It's not particularly twisty or shocking, but the reviews are not the fault of the author. She is a very skilled writer, and it was an enjoyable novel.
Room by Emma Donoghue
Room by Emma Donoghue
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and inventive, 5 Jan 2014
I read 'Room' in a single day. I couldn't put it down. The novel deals with a nightmarish subject in sensitive, nuanced way. The decision to narrate the book from a child's point of view was inspired, I feel. It introduces innocence, wonder and even humour to a narrative that could easily have become bogged down in its own dark nature. Donoghue's skill in developing Jack's five-year-old voice is exceptional and the book thoroughly deserves its various award nominations.Once the reader becomes immersed in Jack's quirky narration, the story flies along- a real page-turner.I loved the engaging characters and the way Jack is almost 'reborn' into the 'Outside' world. I thought the sense of… Read more
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive and gripping, 29 April 2013
This is the first Jojo Moyes' book I've read, having received it as part of the World Book Night giveaway.I was utterly gripped. As an English Literature graduate, I hate the term 'chick-lit' which is derogatory to both women readers and writers, but if we must categorise Me Before You, it deserves a much more edifying label. This book is dealing with some really big themes and Moyes has handled them with thought and sensitivity, while still crafting a warm, humorous and unforgettable story. No easy task! It's been a long time since I've read a book which I literally 'couldn't put down'.