Something Might Happen Paperback – 6 May 2004
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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)
'Chillingly convincing - Myerson leaves us teetering emotionally at the edge of the cliff, without a safety net' IndependentSee all Product Description
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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.
I'm moving house soon and this is definitely going to be going to the charity shop...
Bravo Julie Myerson - and if you are indeed the queen of the Islington lit pack, self crowned or no, all I can say is, long may you reign!
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I never got in to the characters in this story and it seemed both unrealistic and very disappointing never going anywhere and being neither a thriller nor a... Read more
This was a dreary, dismal story with an even worse ending. The adult characters were all horrible too. Read morePublished 8 months ago by vivanco
Something might happen, but sadly nothing does. Overly brutal for no apparent reason. Incredibly unrealistic in terms of the investigation into the initial murder. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Riddler
I didn't enjoy this book as much as her other books I've read . I felt it was rather bitty & never really got going .Published 21 months ago by M A Saltmarsh
quite simply, one of the best books I have ever read. Haunting, stays with you long after reading. Many questions raised but not answered; not because the author hasn't properly... Read morePublished 22 months ago by penny jay