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The Sudden Departure of the Frasers Broché – 21 mai 2015
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Brilliantly obsessive (Viv Groskop, Red)
Tense and intriguing (Woman and Home)
Pacy and claustrophobic (Fabulous)
Smart and perceptive (Good Housekeeping)
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A story of manipulation, obsession and love. I couldn't put it down! (Essentials)
Subtle, clever and sexy, this is irresistibly enjoyable (Sunday Mirror)
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- ASIN : 1405919841
- Éditeur : Penguin (21 mai 2015)
- Langue : Anglais
- Broché : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781405919845
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405919845
- Poids de l'article : 351 g
- Dimensions : 12.83 x 3.23 x 19.66 cm
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 8,719 en Romance fantastique (Livres)
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This book is told from Amber and Christy’s points of view. Each chapter alternates. I’m not a huge fan of this style but it worked ok.
I wasn’t taken by the characters. Christy felt a bit wet and Amber sounded horrendous!
There was no real twist just a damp fizzle at the end. The book would have been dramatically improved by being much shorter. I was left feeling really disappointed.
Could maybe have worked successfully if it was better written and plotted. It would have been a good idea to start with the purported rape and keep us guessing what really happened. Find yourself a better editor Louise Candlish.
At around 500 pages long this is a book that requires a bit more of an investment than Candlish's recent bestseller "The Swimming Pool". Candlish takes time to develop the characters in detail, establishing the setting of Lime Park Road carefully and introducing the characters fully so that actually it is less of a "thriller" and more of a character led story. I did find it a bit slow to start with but persisted as I knew Candlish would deliver - and deliver she does!
Told in alternating chapters between Christy and Amber we are taken backwards and forwards through the events leading up to the Fraser's sudden departure. Amber's narrative is told in first person and Christy's sections are told in third person, although interestingly Christy is definitely the easier character to relate to. I suspect Candlish enjoyed writing Amber's character more as she is quite unlikeable, deliciously arrogant and manipulative. She is caustic in her comments about her so called friends and neighbours:
"She had the most hectic haircut I had ever seen- it was as if it had been scribbled on her head by Quentin Blake - and make up so poorly applied I wondered if she'd handed crayons to her sons and given them free reign."
There is a guilty pleasure in waiting to see what might happen to this dishonest, self satisfying woman! As Amber tells her story retrospectively, she peppers her narrative with clues that things will end in disaster and this creates intrigue.
"It was all so effortless, so natural. You'd think I'd been born to betray."
"And where was I in this catastrophized tableau? Hiding in the wardrobe or under the bed, my clothes clutched to my naked body, a high heeled shoe left behind, just visible from the door?"
I also liked the perspective the neighbours threw on Amber's character. Caroline looked at a photo as if "she longed for the glory days, for that golden age when Queen Amber presided. Like a deposed aristocrat dreaming of the last days of Versailles."
There is a level of suspense sustained throughout the novel but this is really a slow burner of a book. Both characters have significant back stories and through the two different women Candlish is able to explore different kinds of ideas about marriage, trust, friendship, hope and obsession. By about a third of the way through the book I had engaged with both narratives and I was enjoying the description, characterisation and plot development. I felt like I was a resident on Lime Park Road and a keen observer on the antics between the neighbours.
For the last third of the book I found myself settling back into the sofa and rubbing my hands with satisfying glee as the twists begin to unfurl and Candlish revealed her skill as a writer who can pull the carpet out from under your feet. I watched with horror as Amber's final actions rip through Lime Park Road, her marriage and her friendships.
This novel is full of astute observations and thoughtful characterisation. It is realistic; not far fetched or requiring any kind of suspension of belief which I really enjoyed and found quite unsettling. There is something very appealing about stories that centre on neighbours and small communities - perhaps because we all live with neighbours and all wonder what goes on behind closed doors? How well do we know anyone living alongside us? How fragile are our relationships within our street?
I suspect the ending may divide readers - those who love to be completely stunned and those who prefer a neat tying up of all the threads. Me, I loved the ending! My jaw literally dropped and I hurriedly flicked back through the pages to re-read chunks, trying to absorb what Candlish is implying with her final words. Clever....... or cruel?!
I enjoyed this book. I'm giving it a 3.5 /5 just because I found it a bit of a slow start. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy a more thorough character led suspenseful novel and for readers of Mark Edwards "The Magpies", Cass Green "The Woman Next Door" and Shari Lapena's "The Couple Next Door".
The blurb for this book might have you thinking that it is a psychological thriller or a supernatural/horror novel, In fact, it is neither of these and is a book about people and their deceptions. As the story uncovers we are presented with characters who don't always make good choices, who are often manipulative and deceptive, and who act in a selfish fashion. Amber is outwardly the more dislikeable of the two women but Christy's incessant nosiness and her obsession with belongings and status are also very wearing. The author has created excellent back stories for all the characters so that you can understand why they might behave as they do even thought you may not be able to excuse it.
This is a cleverly contrived book where the way in which it is constructed and the mystery at the heart of it don't get in the way of the enjoyment when reading. Even when you think that you have worked out what may have happened it is more difficult to know how the characters will react. I enjoyed reading this book although I did wish that I liked at least one of the characters ! It reminded me of the style of Liane Moriarty.