So writers read a lot. Or at least we're told we should but it's hard to get into a good book when you're in the swing of writing your own. When I'm reading I don't stick to books within my genre. I do love a good psychological thriller, a family drama or just general fiction with a back cover that reads well and appeals.
I recently read The Dutch House by Ann Patchett and absolutely loved it. (See book description below). I gave this book a five star review and enjoyed every moment. The premise is simple but there is an intensity to the story that jumps off the page because of Patchett's writing style. I promise you will be (if you are anything like me) swept away from page one. Patchett paints a wonderful picture with her characters and I found myself relating to them and warming to them straight away - even the mean ones!
While #TheDutchHouse isn't fast paced or hard hitting it does dig deep, emotionally, and is a well thought out, thought provoking book. I highly recommend it and will certainly add more titles by Ann Patchett to my reading list.
Danny Conroy grows up in the Dutch House, a lavish mansion. Though his father is distant and his mother is absent, Danny has his beloved sister Maeve: Maeve, with her wall of black hair, her wit, her brilliance. Life is coherent, played out under the watchful eyes of the house's former owners in the frames of their oil paintings.
Then one day their father brings Andrea home. Though they cannot know it, her arrival to the Dutch House sows the seed of the defining loss of Danny and Maeve's lives. The siblings are drawn back time and again to the place they can never enter, knocking in vain on the locked door of the past. For behind the mystery of their own exile is that of their mother's: an absence more powerful than any presence they have known.
At the moment I'm reading #TheConfession by Jessie Burton. another fabulous read I'll be reviewing this one soon.
Although I'm not writing at the moment I do have a new story brewing in my head. Details to follow ...