The Group meets on the second Friday of each month. We meet in the home of one of the group members and discuss the book of the month whilst enjoying coffee (or tea) and cake.
Seven members of the group met on August 9th to review "The Innocent Wife" by Amy Lloyd.
This book has received good reviews from various well known authors and has been nominated for awards. However, we found it rather dark and disturbing.
Samantha, a 31 year old school teacher from England, becomes infatuated by Dennis who is serving time for murder on Florida's Death Row. She writes to him and is convinced he is innocent of the crime. Eventually they marry, his conviction is overturned and he is free. But is he so innocent?
The book is full of tension, with some really vivid descriptions which send shivers down your spine! We all agreed that the story was compelling.
You have to keep reading to find out what happens and we had mixed feelings about the end. None of the characters were particularly likeable, the pace of the book was uneven at times and the title of the book is rather odd.
We wouldn't really recommend it but if you enjoy psychological thrillers then give it a try. This one would make a good horror film!
Eight members of the group met on Friday 13th September to discuss "Magpie Murders" by Anthony Horowitz.
Editor Susan Ryeland has worked with bestselling crime writer Alan Conway for years. Readers love his detective, Atticus Pund, a celebrated solver of crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s.
But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but there is another story, written between the very words on the page, telling of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition and murder!
This book gave us much to discuss. It was rather long but extremely clever. Most of the group enjoyed it, something a bit different from your normal "who done it."
Anthony Horowitz is well known as the creator of "Foyles War" and "Midsomer Murders" as well as The "Alex Rider" series for children.
This mystery within a mystery will keep you guessing until the end.
Our book choice for October is "Carrying Albert Home----the somewhat true story of A Man, his Wife and her Alligator" by Homer Hickam.