May 2020 Guilty Pleasures

This month my choices are a little bit different from usual. I have chosen two crime novels which rocked my socks off and I’ve also chosen a book about faith and being gay to round of my trio of choices

Guilty Pleasure Number 1 : The Split by Sharon Bolton

From the arctic conditions of South Georgia to the city of Cambridge, I was engrssed in this book. Bolton knows how to structure a novel and The Split is perfectly structured. Linking the narrative of Felicity Lloyd who is working in near isolation on a frozen landscape with rough sleepers being killed in Cambridge is pure genius. The narratives take place over two timelines and are preciselt plotted. I became so invested in the characters and was absolitely thrilled by the ending. I don’t want to give too much away as this novel is really one to get your teeth into. The way Bolton leads us gradually to awareness of what’s really going on and then flips it had my heart hammering in my chest. In short, this is just not to be missed. Absolutely breathtaking.

Guilty Pleasure Number 2: The Book of Queer Prophets edited by Ruth Hunt

I’m not a religious person, but I am a supporter of Gay rights. I loved this book. The articles were poignant, socially relevant, refreshingly honest and down to earth. What I particularly liked was the wat these ‘prophets’ really looked at their respective religions and analysed them. Cionsidering how a benign God would be. As far as I’m concerned, this should be on the RE syllabus for schools. Brilliantly informative, well researched and totally and absolutely relevent for the diverse world we live in today. Loved it!

My Guilty Pleasures Number 3: The Curator by MW Craven

Oh, my giddy aunt – this is a stonker. Poe and Tilly are my absolute favourite crime busting duo and I can’t describe how much I loved this book. From the laugh out loud moments to the tense edge of your seat moments, to the dogged investigative moments, to the beautiful scenic moments, Craven’s mastery is apparant. The plotting is fantastic – and as for that ending – well – hold on to your breeches – it’s a whammy.

I don’t know how much time Craven spends researching the ‘Tillyisms’, but, hats off to him – they certainly make her character so beautifully three dimesional as well as completely appealing. I always have a bit of a bet with myself about which Tillyism is my favourite – without spoiling it for others, I finally decided on the ‘leaking’ references. Read the book to find out what I mean. You’ll be rolling on the floor, I’m sure.

The concept of The Curator, based on real life events, is brilliantly executed and all the more chilling becauise it isn’t immediately apparant what is going on. It’s also a cautionary tale about how easily the human psyche can be messed with. I found myself, genuinely perplexed as to who The Curator was and, although all the clues were there, I have to say that until the end, I was flummoxed. Of course Tilly and Poe get five stars – as does The Curator

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