I had hoped to acquire a copy of Annie Try’s new novel, Red Cabbage Blue: Some colours are never forgotten, soon after it was published in September. Due to the forgetfulness of a third party I received it just under a week before I was booked to travel to (among other things) a meeting chaired by the author. Thinking that I had more to do than start a book with about 380 pages, I read the second book in my previous post first. Then I couldn’t resist reading my new book any longer. I found that the good-sized print and the readable style allowed me to read it from cover to cover the same day. It came up to my expectations having read the two earlier books in the Dr Mike Lewis series, Trying to fly and Out of Silence.
The female protagonist had a very unusual problem with its roots in a mysterious past event of which she was initially unaware. Without giving too much away, there are many elements to this book – mystery, romance, hope and realism. Although I like books with all the loose ends neatly and happily tied up, the twist at the end of this book is satisfying in its own way. I wondered whether the choice of one character’s name was an oblique reference to one of my favourite children’s books, which I may reread soon.