What a glorious day – we went along to Tremenheere and were able to find a spot with some shade – there were 5 of us in total and it really was a lovely meeting. We discussed two books, the first of which was ‘Unheard’ by Nicci French. In fact this is the pseudonym of husband and wife team – Nicci Gerard and Sean French – the book club has enjoyed many novels by this couple. They write psychological thrillers together. Apparently one writes a piece then this is followed on by the second person. On most occasions this has worked very well for us but in this book many of us felt it was disjointed as situations in one chapter did not follow through into the next and you were left wondering why that particular thing happened. Saying all that, it was well written, full of suspense at times full of twists, turns and red herrings. Some were a bit disappointed at the reveal. I am pleased to say that a couple of our members who have not read them before are looking forward to reading their other books. In one instance a member read the book in 2 days ‘just one more chapter’. I do urge you to try one of their books. This book was rated a 6 out of 10.
Our second book was The Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. In this novel Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of DCI Thomas Nightingale who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. As a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic. The River Thomas is a prominent feature of the story. Several members felt that this story would have come across well on audio.
We did enjoy Gail reading a passage to us – it brought the characters alive. This book was marked 8 out of 10. (Report by Pat G)