The time has finally come that I’d read this book, after saying I would then changing my mind – sorry!
Let me just say that I am glad I finally did get around to reading this – it’s a really great book, and I’m sure you’re going to love it. This week’s cover recreation took a lot of creative flair, and features my little dachshund USB stick dressed up (with Blu-Tack) to look like an elephant. You are so welcome.
As promised, this week’s book is…
Something to Hide
Pages per day: 35
It takes a pretty talented writer to write about four lots of completely different characters, seemingly entirely disconnected from each other, then seamlessly bring them together in the most unlikely and surprising of circumstances.
But that’s what Deborah Moggach has done in her wonderful book, Something to Hide, and it’s awesome.
Deborah Moggach is the author of the hugely popular The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, among a collection of other books, so the minute you pick up this book you know you’re in for a pretty good time. Her style of writing is easy to read, and she is very good at making her characters likeable and relatable, no matter who they are.
The story is largely focussed around Petra, who is a sixty-something from London who feels as though she’s reached a completely stagnant point in her life after a split with her husband and children who live on the other side of the world. This is all about to change, however, when she meets the love of her life.
Petra’s chapters are written in first person, and are weaved in with the chapters about the other characters – Lorrie, from Texas, Li-Jing, from China, and Bev and Jeremy, from West Africa – which are told in the third person.
Each of these characters seem to be entirely distant from each other, until piece by piece they make their way in to each others’ story, whether it be by a passing glimpse or a steamy love affair. This is really fun, because you spend the book trying to work out where they all fit together in the jigsaw puzzle that is Something to Hide. No matter how hard you try, however, you aren’t prepared for just how connected they really are.
It’s obvious that a lot of research has been done in the process of writing this book, and I’m sure that’s why the story seems so believable. Cultures and cities are explained in a way that allows you to really visualise them, and every part of this book feels very genuine.
My only gripe with this book would be that toward the end, I found myself guessing what happened, which I always find a little annoying, and there were aspects of what takes place that seemed to be verging on unbelievable, but nonetheless I still enjoyed the book, and the author still finds a way to add very down-to-Earth elements to a seemingly unrealistic situation.
Something to Hide is an easy-to-read book that will take you on a journey around the world, connecting lives and learning secrets. If you get a chance to read this book, you truly must. You can find it on Book Depository here with free shipping worldwide. If you read this book, please let me know what you think, especially about how you found the ending – I’d love to hear from you!
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Next week’s book is Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. The review will be posted next Monday – make sure to check in! If you’ve got any other suggestions for book for my challenge, I’d love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments below!
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