Top positive review
Engrossing and Beautifully Written
16 February 2015
This is a book that my mind comes back to over and over. I find myself thinking about it during the day and before falling asleep. A chilling exploration of 'what if', beautifully written and entirely engrossing. Other reviewers have said it is unbelievable, but a great deal of human behaviour is unbelievable. What we often read in the newspaper is unbelievable but it happened. Besides, that's the point of a lot of this novel. The behaviour of the main character is totally out of character but Doughty explores the consequences of her actions. The writing itself needs to be savoured. I'm a fast reader but I consciously slowed down to enjoy the words. A wonderful novel.
I then immediately started another book by Doughty, and it is almost as engrossing as Apple Tree Yard.