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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping from start to finish..., 13 July 2013
This review is from: Apple Tree Yard (Hardcover)
Sometimes a book you don't expect to like really takes you by surprise and makes you sit up and take notice. Gripping from the beginning this book takes you on a roller coaster of a journey as we watch as Yvonne Carmichael, a renowned scientist, begins an illicit and highly addictive extra marital affair with man who is at first a stranger. This irresponsible liaison which begins with a risky sexual encounter will ultimately spin Yvonne's life out of control.

I think what I found refreshing is that Yvonne is fifty-two, not some inexperienced ingénue, so it could be argued that she should have known better - but what it does prove is that we are never too old to act out of character - and that pushing self destruct buttons is not merely a prerogative of being young and in love.

To say more about this story would be to do the book a complete disservice- it is definitely one of those books which once started you simply can't put down. I started reading it on a sunny day in the garden at about 11:30 and didn't look up, except for food and drink some twelve hours later.
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Initial post: 17 Apr 2014 12:54:49 BDT
Excellent review, Jaffa! It conveys the flavour of ATY without giving anything away and I particularly agree with the points you make in your second paragraph.

Have just finished reading it and found Louise Doughty's writing completely compelling. I don't know how I managed to stretch it out for two days!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2014 12:40:45 BDT
Claire E says:
Totally agree - the less said about the story line the better. It's brilliant, and beautifully written too.
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