One of our Hatters flew off to South America & reported in from Nicaragua with her
Amanda Robson - Obsession
Shari Lapina - The couple next door
Stephen Clarke - The Merde Factor
Barbara Trapido - Juggling
Robert Hancock - Ruth Ellis
Emma Donoghue - Room
Glenn Dixon - Juliet’s Answer
The rest of us did our reading in Norwich!
Patricia Gibney - The Missing Ones
Alex Walters - Candles & Roses
Chris Brookmyre - Black Widow
Dean Koontz - Lightning
LJ Ross - Sycamore Gap
Dan Jones - The Templars
Attached is what I have read so far . At present I am in Nicaragua.
Good wishes to the girls in Book Club. Hope to see you all at the Christmas Lunch
Photo..... Couldn't find a red hat ....
Kind Regards Pat x
1. Obsession - By Amanda Robson
A contemporary thriller. The story revolves around a throwaway comment a wife makes
to her husband, " If you didn't have me who would you fancy ? " The result is catastrophic.
Never ask that type of question unless you can deal with the answer . A whirlwind
of problems emerge . A page turner and an easy read . Possibly something to have
to dip into over the Christmas period when you want to escape ...!!!!
2. The Couple Next Door - By Shari Lapina
Another thriller . A couple's baby goes missing . As the days progress and the child
is still not found the father is held under suspicion by the police . Another page
turner but I think a bit obvious towards the end . Still worth a read if you want
something which keeps you on edge and doesn't require you to dig deep into your analytical
skills !!! We all need books like this now and then . Again handy to have on standby
for Christmas. Reckon you could imbibe , be reasonably festive with others and still
keep with the plot !!!!
3. The Merde Factor - By Stephen Clarke
This is a very funny book !! I want to read more by this author . He is witty , shrewd
and irreverent !!! Lovely ........!!!!!!! A light read , a novel set in Paris .
Paul has opened a Tea Shop and his having problems with his business partner . Money
is tight . His best friend Jake , a budding poet , has lent him his apartment .
The problem is it is so small he has to ask the Boulanger to cut his baguette in
half so that he can get it into the kitchen !!!!!
4. Juggling - By Barbara Trapido
Published in 1994 , written by a South African writer . The story centres on two
sisters , one of whom is adopted . Various characters are introduced along the way
but the novel is really about the relationship between the two girls .The author
draws similarities between her characters and those in a variety of Shakespeare's
plays .I think she is particularly good at describing the psychological journey of
adolescence to adulthood . Quite a good read but the last couple of chapters were
disappointing with a very contrived ending . It was as if the author got to a point
where she needed to tie ends up and has most characters switching partners and sexual
orientation in an attempt to reach a climax ( oops !!!!! )
4. Ruth Ellis - By Robert Hancock
The last woman to be hanged in Britain in 1955 .
An interesting read . A biography by a journalist writing after the trial . While
not particularly well written and with typos galore , it was a good story. Ellis
was a complex woman and in many respects a sorry character . She was attracted to
a variety of unsuitable men and had a major problem the with her own self esteem.
Intense jealousy was a major factor in the demise of her relationships. Hancock gives
excerpts from the trial and argues that she was badly represented and did little
to help herself during the trial . I googled some of the people involved with her
and many had a sad end . If she was tried today obviously she would not face capital
punishment but she would have been tried for manslaughter and not murder . Well worth
a read .
5. Room - By Emma Donoghue
I haven't seen the film and have been meaning to read this for a while . Original
, quite haunting and unfortunately there have been a number of cases recently like
this. It tells the story of a young woman kidnapped , raped and incarcerated for
7 years . During this time she gives birth to a son . The novel describes how they
lived in a tiny room and how they eventually escape . Just as moving is their re-
integration into society . Much of the story is told through the eyes of the little
boy , Jack .
Definitely worth a read .
6. Juliet's Answer - By Glenn Dixon
A memoir written by a Canadian ex English teacher. He describes his visit to Verona
which he links with his love of Shakespeare, particularly Romeo and Juliet. His own
love life has been lack lustre and so he volunteers to work at the Guiletta Club
. This is a group of volunteers who answer letters written to Juliet and posted in
the the red letterbox next to her statue in Verona .Letters come from all over the
world requesting answers to questions about love .
Interesting , as he uses extracts from the play to answer letters .He even writes
to Juliet himself ! Needless to say he finds love in the end !
Penny Vincenzi - Into Temptation (3rd in Lytton series)
Susan Lewis - Losing You
Ruth Rendell - Road Rage
Charlotte Bingham - Nanny
Nicci French - Memory Game
Fiona Barton - The Widow
Catharina Ingelman- Sundberg - The Little Old Lady who Struck Lucky Again