03 October 2013

A room swept...meh

At last nights meeting we reviewed 'A Room Swept White' by Sophie Hannah. As you can tell by the title of this post it didn't receive a standing ovation neither was it thrown from the top landing of the library, it was ok.

The story...
"TV producer Fliss Benson receives an anonymous card at work. The card has sixteen numbers on it, arranged in four rows of four – numbers that mean nothing to her.

On the same day, Fliss finds out she’s going to be working on a documentary about miscarriages of justice involving cot death mothers wrongly accused of murder. The documentary will focus on three women: Helen Yardley, Sarah Jaggard and Rachel Hines. All three women are now free, and the doctor who did her best to send them to prison for life, child protection zealot Dr Judith Duffy, is under investigation for misconduct.

For reasons she has shared with nobody, this is the last project Fliss wants to be working on. And then Helen Yardley is found dead at her home, and in her pocket is a card with sixteen numbers on it, arranged in four rows of four…"

So what were the issues? Well the group felt it was quite predictable in places as well as being a little unrealistic especially towards the end of the story. Several group members didn't enjoy reading one of the characters from a first person viewpoint but our main issue was trying to keep track of the character names. Specifically the names of the police officers which we all found confusing and muddling.

The story itself however was well researched and enjoyable enough but we were hard pushed to call it a psychological thriller. Jan has read several of the authors titles and did say this wasn't one of her best and the website did mention this was fifth to feature some of the characters so possibly getting to know the characters from the start would help.

You can find out more about the author from her website here.

So on to our next read which will hopefully inspire us more, 'A Casual Vacancy' by J.K. Rowling. As ever there are several copies in the library, have a look by searching here.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 6th November at 7pm in Builth Wells Library, High St, Builth Wells or as ever you can post comment here or Twitter using #BuilthBooks

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