I was supposed to be reading and reviewing Mark Haddon’s The Red House this week but I’m afraid I really couldn’t get into it.
After reading The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time I was looking forward to The Red House, but I found it very difficult to understand what I was reading.
I decided life was too short to force myself to read it and I changed to The Way You Look Tonight by Richard Madeley.
The Way You Look Tonight by Richard Madeley
Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
Not until she was 16 did Stella Arnold learn the full truth about her father, how handsome, charming James turned out to be a cold-blooded, psychotic extortionist, racketeer and killer. Knowing now what her father was capable of, she decides to study psychology and the criminal mind, and to further her education in America.
In the spring of 1962, she flies to Boston where, being beautiful, bright and fashionably English, she becomes someone of huge fascination and on every invitation list. Then comes an invitation one summer weekend to the home of the Kennedys. Stella quickly becomes part of the inner Kennedy circle as they party through the hot summer nights. Both brothers, JFK and Bobby, make their moves on her but she firmly, charmingly, repels them.
Further south, on the Florida Keys, a killer is on the loose. The case, unsolved, begins to rock America, and with her specialist knowledge of psychopaths, Stella is co-opted by the police investigation and prepares to fly south…
If I’d have seen this book on the shelf in a bookshop, I’d have mistaken it for a chick-lit style story. The cover does not convey the actual genre of the story and I wouldn’t have bothered picking it up.
it was only the fact that I’d read one of Richard Madeley’s books before that I decided it was worth reading the blurb.
I try not to read any reviews on the current book I’m reading until after I’ve finished because I don’t want to be swayed either way.
I’ve just been checking out the reviews now I’ve finished the book and I wasn’t surprised to see my blogging friend, Cheryl, had written much the same as me about the book cover, back in 2014 – I didn’t copy your review, Cheryl, honest!
I’m glad I did because I really enjoyed it. I like Stella and Lee and I’m glad they got a happy ever after.
It usually annoys me when different chapters are told by the different characters but it wasn’t the case this time. In fact, I didn’t give it much thought, to be honest. It worked well.
I’m now on the lookout for Someday I’ll Find You, which I’ve just found out from Cheryl’s review that I should have read that first, seeing as it’s the story of Stella’s mum and dad!
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