PILE OF BOOKS REDUCED BY TWO
It might not sound like much, but the pile of books by my bed has just been reduced by two! It is quite an achievement and, not only have I managed to complete two books recently, I haven’t bought any new ones. I am feeling very pleased with myself.
The first book I finished was Dominion by C J Sansom. I had tried to read it about a year ago, but didn’t get beyond the first chapter, but this time I was determined because it had been recommended to me by at least two people so I thought it must be worth it. The story is set in the early 1950s in a Britain that surrendered to Germany in 1940, after Dunkirk. For me there were two main threads to the book – the political one which affects how Britain is run, and what is happening in the rest of Europe, and the story of a civil servant who becomes a spy for the Resistance and is tasked with a mission to rescue an old friend who is imprisoned in a mental hospital and has a secret which the government, and the Americans, were keen to get their hands on. I found myself much less interested in the political side of things and, in fact, sometimes found them quite confusing, so I skimmed them sometimes so that I could concentrate on the ‘real’ adventure. I thought it was a good read, but probably not one of my favourites.
The second book was another thriller The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, which I found a bit of a page turner. Rachel, the girl of the title, travels on the same train into London every day and observes the lives of the people in the houses she passes. She interprets what is going on in her own very imaginative way, but before long real life events take over and she becomes very involved in those lives. The story is narrated by Rachel, but also by two other women and each gives their own side of the same story. There are quite a few suprises as you go along, and red herrings too, so I found I was always re-thinking ‘who done it?’.
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