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Book Club New Season

BOOK CLUB
New Season Reads

by Theo Beckett

Theo Beckett

It’s time to find a real page turner – a book that will have you gripped until you reach the very end. Why? Because it can be easy to neglect yourself once life returns to reality and the summer is over; these reads will leave you with no choice but to find a cosy corner away from the crowds to get stuck in.

New Reads Tracy Chevalier

AT THE EDGE OF THE ORCHARD

By Tracy Chevalier

The novel tells the tale of Sadie and James Goodenough who are stuck in the Black Swamp, Ohio, where they hope to grow an apple orchard in 1838. The inhabitable and desolate environment of deathly frosts takes lives year on year and almost mirrors the couple’s terribly troubled marriage.

A glimmer of hope that almost drowns in the sacrifice and death that shapes the narrative.

Paralleling the couple’s disillusionment, Chevalier gives an insight into the Goodenough’s youngest son, Robert, as he heads West to California’s gold rush where his story is told in an epistolary style, contrasting the couple’s misery and helplessness while they are both metaphorically and literally stuck in the swamp.

The tale is gloomy and melancholy but her writing portrays a glimmer of hope that almost drowns in the sacrifice and death that shapes the narrative.

 


 

Strangers

By Paul Finch

The novel is set between northern Manchester and Crowley around the time that the mining and industrialisation had gone. The protagonist, Lucy Clayburn, is put on a case, not as a detective, but as a decoy, attempting to gain the trust of the working girls on the streets of Manchester to gain information about a potential female murderer.

Finch’s wonderfully macabre and gripping thriller that is not for the faint hearted.

However, becoming accustomed to the danger of this environment she tumbles into treacherous situations working herself into the ground and being taken off the case. Of course, Clayburn cannot leave the case alone and defies orders. With Paul Finch being described as the greatest detective novelist at the moment, this is a treat to read.

I could not put this book down and this is due to Finch’s masterful story telling of this wonderfully macabre and gripping thriller that is not for the faint hearted.

New Season Paul Finch
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