Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

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Having read the four books in Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brody detective series I had high hopes for Life After Life. The Jackson Brody novels are all excellent, and the writing style is a mixture of mystery genre and contemporary fiction; these books are completely different from reading most mystery/thriller novels. Life After Life is a completely different type of novel, yet I found it equally compelling. Continue reading

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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So I’ve finally read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (I feel a little left behind in reading it), and mainly have done so as I would quite like to watch the film, but generally prefer to read the book first. Gone Girl is an interesting thriller told from two different perspectives – on one side you have Amy (the girl that is to be gone), the other is Nick (her husband). The book approaches the narration chapter by chapter switching between the two main characters. The setup of Nick and Amy’s relationship and detailing events before her disappearance is provided to the reader through Amy’s diary. Events that take place on the day of the disappearance and after come from Nick’s perspective.
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Having wanted to read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro for several years, I have finally done so after picking up a copy from my local independent cinema – they have a book swap shelf in the bar. I have read one other Ishiguro novel (An Artist of the Floating World) several years ago and enjoyed it, and there was something about Never Let Me Go that really caught my eye. Whether this was the title or comments I had heard about it (notwithstanding the Booker Prize shortlisting), I’m not sure, but I had been on the lookout for a copy for a long time.

Never Let Me Go is set in a modern dystopian England, and although the timeframe is not clarified I had the impression that it starts out in the mid ‘90s. I’m not really sure exactly why I placed the novel in this particular decade; I suppose the novels general feel coupled with references to such items like a cassette Walkman placed my views as such. The novel is narrated by Kathy and centres on her experiences, with her two best friends, of growing up in a boarding school/care home environment, Hailsham School. Continue reading