I bought the first two books I read in August second-hand at a fund-raiser.
The Red House by Mark Haddon attracted me as I had enjoyed his better-known book “The curious incident of the dog in the night-time”. The Red House is quite different. It is quite a complicated novel with lots of characters. Some of the material is what I regard as TMI (too much information). I kept reading because there was a character, who was a Christian. I was interested in how Christianity is portrayed in a mass-market paperback. Many of the books I read and review have been written by practising Christians, whose beliefs inform their writing. All the characters in The Red House were changed in some way by their holiday there.
The book is on its way to be sold by a different charity as I am unlikely to read it again. Reading group questions may be found here.
I had heard quite a lot about Me before you by Jo Jo Moyes, not all of it complimentary, so was interested to read it for myself. It is extremely well-written. For once, I think I had read a spoiler and knew how the story would end for one of the characters. One thing, which I noticed in the way this story was told, was the author’s accurate portrayal of people from different social strata. The way that the exact circumstances of Will’s day-to-day life were revealed as Louisa became better acquainted with him, was a particularly good example of accomplished storytelling. Although the ending was not perhaps what I’d have hoped for, I shall be looking for the sequel in the library.
I had previously read The girl he left behind by Jo Jo Moyes.