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Category: Genre: Mystery

Review: A Darker Music – Maris Morton

The blurb of A Darker Music describes the book as a mystery, but the clues here are glimpses into the past, rather than fingerprints and surveillance tapes. At the centre of the mystery is Clio herself, a flawed and not always likeable character who is nonetheless easy to sympathise with.

Through Mary, the reader is able to view the world of Downe with an outsider’s eyes. As she learns about the day-to-day running of a sheep farm, so does the reader, a technique that is a little obvious at times, but does not detract from the interesting nature of the information being conveyed.

The supporting cast of characters is well-drawn, from likeable farm workers to Paul, Mary’s cold and taciturn husband. For me, however, it is the location of the novel that sets it aside from other stories with similar themes. Not only does the rural setting give it a strong sense of place, but it also acts as a gentle metaphor for Clio’s own isolation.

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

Review: The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

I loved this. It’s made its way straight into my top ten. It certainly hit all the right buttons for me, in that it has all of the elegance and literary merit of classic British literature, yet manages to be an enthralling page-turner at the same time.

I really couldn’t recommend this book more highly, both for fans of the classics and those who generally stay away from them.

Review: Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan Lindsay

I enjoyed this a lot more than I was expecting to, actually. I’d assumed it was mostly about the picnic itself and then a search for the missing people, when really it was a more psychological account of the way that such a mystery/tragedy affects the people caught up in it, which is far more my kind of novel.

The writing style is a little cumbersome, but I found I stopped noticing it after the first paragraph or two of a reading session.

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