Happy hump day!
∧ Then ∧ Consent by Leo Benedictus
This book is an experiment.
We’re experimenting together.
You are part of the experiment, if you’ll agree to it.
Normally I don’t let my subjects choose to be subjects. If you know you’re being watched, you cease to be you.
But I want you to read this. I wrote it for you.
This magnetic book pulls you in its wake even as you resist its force. Sometimes you don’t want to know what’s next…
I was intrigued by the blurb so I gave it a try… My thoughts on pub day, tomorrow! (Yep, tomorrow is a big publication day with many many books being released so you’ll get 2 reviews from me. How lucky are you? :p )
≈ Now ≈ Looker by Laura Sims
In this taut and thrilling debut, an unraveling woman, unhappily childless and recently separated, becomes fixated on her neighbor—the actress. The unnamed narrator can’t help noticing with wry irony that, though she and the actress live just a few doors apart, a chasm of professional success and personal fulfillment lies between them. The actress, a celebrity with her face on the side of every bus, shares a gleaming brownstone with her handsome husband and their three adorable children, while the narrator, working in a dead-end job, lives in a run-down, three-story walk-up with her ex-husband’s cat.
When an interaction with the actress at the annual block party takes a disastrous turn, what began as an innocent preoccupation spirals quickly, and lethally, into a frightening and irretrievable madness. Searing and darkly witty, Looker is enormously entertaining—at once a propulsive Hitchcockian thriller and a fearlessly original portrait of the perils of envy.
I was lucky to be sent a copy of this book and I am really happy about it!! Also, I learned that Emily Mortimer was to produce and get a part in the adaptation of the novel so I’m really excited! I love Ms Mortimer (who will always be Mackenzie McHale to me) and I think this book is a great choice for an adaptation!
∨ Next ∨ A Version of the Truth by B. P. Walter
2019: Julianne is preparing a family dinner when her son comes to her and says he’s found something on his iPad. Something so terrible, it will turn Julianne’s world into a nightmare and make her question everything about her marriage and what type of man her husband is or is pretending to be.
1990: Holly is a fresher student at Oxford University. Out of her depth and nervous about her surroundings, she falls into an uneasy friendship with a group of older students from the upper echelons of society and begins to develop feelings for one in particular. He’s confident, quiet, attractive and seems to like her too. But as the year progresses, her friends’ behaviour grows steadily more disconcerting and Holly begins to realise she might just be a disposable pawn in a very sinister game.
A devastating secret has simmered beneath the surface for over twenty-five years. Now it’s time to discover the truth. But what if you’re afraid of what you might find?
The cover makes me think of holidays and lazy hours in the sun!