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Breaks the mould!
on 17 September 2016
This is absolutely one you're going to either love, or hate. Me? I couldn't have loved it more. Season to Taste is bloody brilliant, but you're going to need more than a strong stomach and a liking for the darker side of life to get through it. You've got to be ready for the most unconventional of heroines, confusing time jumps, working out all your own answers to all the big questions, and never wanting to eat sausages ever again.
I notice it has a horribly low rating on Goodreads, which I think is because people are expecting some kind of comedy blockbuster, from the blurb, or a Desperate Housewives style narrative. Season to Taste is Dark, yes, but not Darkly Comic, as such. I didn't really find it "funny" in any way. It's just...DARK. The comedy in the narrative comes from the contrast between the bleak and the banal, but at its heart, at least, it remains wholly bleak. To me, anyway. We all read in different ways, of course. I don't see anything of Hollywood in this one, which is perhaps the biggest reason I loved it. It's too impossibly real for the big screen - there's no glamour or glitz - just a war between hope and hopelessness and a heroine who'd never capture hearts. Not outwardly, at least. I'd be lying if I said a part of her didn't capture mine.
Be prepared for a book which will make you put your head down between your knees at times, and look at everyone around you in a slightly different way. An easy, unique and brilliantly original five stars for me. One that breaks the mould.