Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. This is a terrific, compelling contemporary novel, one of the best I’ve read recently. Its chick-lit cover is totally misleading as it deals with a serious subject: a young man is now a quadriplegic, having been injured in an accident. A cheerful young girl has been hired by his mother to bring light into his life, but will she be enough? Unsentimental but moving. I was bowled over. Do read it.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, a best-selling, almost-impossible-to-put-down US thriller. A terrifying read, told from two viewpoints. Amy is a seriously sarcastic NY girl having problems in Hicksville, but we soon begin to worry about her husband. On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in ....
Sad non-fiction. The Music Room by William Fiennes, author of The Snow Goose.
The story of his brother’s mental illness and their childhood in a castle.
Up Close by Henriette Gyland (Choc Lit) An unusual thriller/love story set in Norfolk.
More good reads to come soon.