Melmoth by Sarah Parry – Book Review

D0065A04-A55D-4F82-8961-88B528A6FE3A.jpegMelmoth by Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry has done it again, the sheer eloquence of her writing makes this a must read for fans of literary fiction

This story is set in Prague in more recent times, but it does have the feel of a Victorian gothic novel. 

The book is written as letters, diaries and also has a story teller, giving full rein to Sarah Perry’s unique and beautiful way with language.

Helen Franklin is an English translator, who lives an austere life, of her choosing in Prague. She is troubled with guilt and a mysterious past. Her friend gives her a file, containing letters and diary entries written during different periods of history. 

The stories share a common theme, Guilt.   Melmoth is the dark witness that follows each of them. Does she exist or is she just a guilty conscience?

This is quite a dark read at times with, somewhat unlikable characters. When Helen’s story is revealed there is such emotion and it will leave a mark on you for a long time. A truly fascinating read.


Murder on the Clifftops- Book Review

img_2127Murder on the clifftops

A cozy crime novel

Melissa Craig is a successful crime novelist who lives alone in the Cotswolds. She is friends with her neighbour, Iris, who is an artist, vegetarian, yoga enthusiast.

Iris is invited to run an art course in France and Melissa tags along to do research for her new book.

Shortly after their arrival a body is found at the base of a cliff, which is deemed an accident, however a further death occurs and this could be murder.

The investigation begins and Melissa is asked by the local gendarmes for her input and so begins a tale of old family hostilities between German Gestapo and French resistance fighters descendants. The book does take quite a while to get going and there were some odd instances of making fun of the French accent, which seemed a little old fashioned and even the French policeman was a little too Poirot, with his moustache and nose tapping to be taken seriously. I did enjoy the book overall though.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

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