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Leader:Pam O´Neill

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Meet at: Café Falda de Loco, Oliva

Meeting Dates:2nd and 4th Friday 11:00-12.30


Our book for January is Lethal White by Robert Galbraith,(JK Rowlands)

A typical review ;

Lethal White is the fourth novel in Robert Galbraith's Cormoran Strike series and has a complicated plot involving blackmail, murder, hypocritical far-left activists, an obnoxious hard-right Tory minister, the Conversative/LibDem coalition and an appalling family of utterly terrible posh people who have nicknames like Fizz and Pong and wear mustard-coloured trousers. And that's just the mystery element: woven into all this, we've also got the ever-present problem of the relationship between Strike and Robin, who at the end of the previous book, went through with her wedding to her childhood sweetheart Matthew, readers worldwide screaming 'Nooooo!' as she walked down the aisle.

t's perhaps not surprising, then, that Lethal White runs to 650 pages - considerably longer than the average detective thriller. Whether Robert Galbraith would have escaped the editor's pencil to quite this extent if he wasn't the alter ego of JK Rowling, I'm not entirely sure - but still found myself perfectly happy with the novel's length. There are so many elements to this mystery, brought together with such remarkable skill, that every page was a pleasure. The mystery plot alone is a remarkable achievement, absolutely packed with clues that build up to a satisfyingly neat conclusion I'd defy even the most seasoned crime fan to predict fully. Added to that, Robin and Strike are such utterly likeable characters, despite their many flaws, that it's a joy to spend so much time with them.

Our February book is For All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan

The book  starts like this;

Martin Toppy is the son of a famous Traveller and the father of my unborn child. He’s seventeen, I'm thirty-three. I was his teacher. I’d have killed myself by now if I was brave enough. I don’t think it would hurt the baby. His little heart would stop with mine. He wouldn't feel himself leaving one world of darkness for another, his spirit untangling itself from me.’

A review;
 This book is very short and also very intense. I was expecting to love it, but the intensity of the writing as well as the ending has left me conflicted. I'm not sure that I buy into how everything turned out, but I do appreciated how this novel got me thinking. 
Basically, it's amazing how Donal Ryan manages to convey so many feelings and so many happenings over the span of 180 pages. We are inside the main character's head and sometimes that leads to stream-of-consciousness writing. I occasionally missed seeing things from other people's perspectives, but I was definitely intrigued to read Melody's story. 
This book is not for the faint-hearted and it definitely leaves you with a claustrophobic and depressing impression. I was fascinated with its intensity, but as mentioned also conflicted about th e ending as well as the feelings it produced in me. 

For the rest of  2019 we have a good variety of books planned from Historical who dunnits to new Psychological Thrillers.

If you would like to join us please phone Pam on 962855710.


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