Mystery novels always get my attention, and this particular one got it real quick!
The story is based around the discovering of a body, a body of a brilliant student at the prestigious Bredgar Chambers School. And then the investigation by Inspector Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers begins!
How many of you like mystery novels? Which one is your favorite?
This was a rather refreshing, quirky little novel that took me a little while to get into but then I quickly became absorbed in the dual stories that played out. I'm not sure Fell would appeal to non-UK readers tbh, as it's set in a tiny northern village on the coast of England in the 60s and present day, and there are a lot of characters, actions, dialogue that are quintessentially British. Some of the 60s ones even went over my head!
The narration is unique: although mostly told from the perspective of two spirits who are woken by their only daughter returning to their dilapidated home, it flits dream-like between past and present and different characters to slowly put together a narrative that seems ordinary but is in fact quite extraordinary. There is even a hint of magical realism thrown in there, but quite subtle. The overall effect is eerie and ethereal, especially set against the bleak salt marshes of Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria.
What I loved was that the daughter, Annette, is in desperate need of help when she returns to her family home, but with no family left, she has to find solace elsewhere... and that turns out to be in the arms of female friendship, not romance, yay!
It's a quiet, unassuming tale that is deeper than it first looks, concerning family, illness, loneliness, hope, and the endless passage of time. Sure there isn't really that much in the way of plot, but the writing and atmosphere take precedence, creating a haunting and beautiful tale on the English coast
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Okay first..HAPPY BURTHDAY! to one of my best friends @samama.reads you really kept that a secret, I wish I had known so I could have done something on here but I hope this picture is good enough!
When I first started reading these books samama listened to everything I had to say, whether is was that I loved them or I was confused, I’m now on the last book and I am so excited for our read along that is going to take place around Halloween!
Seriously though these books are AMAZING there are some parts that I feel like I’ve read before but that may be because I might have read some stuff about it on Instagram without realising but that’s okay because the books are super awesome and I am IN LOVE WITH PATCH!!! #book#bookstagram#instabook#bookphotography#happybirthday#bestfriend#hushhush#crescendo#silence#final#beccafitzpatrick#booklover#bookfriends