Like Anita Shreve, Myerson writes in a literary and yet accessible manner. Her fifth book is a story of a troubled woman who falls for an outsider who has come to uncover the truth.
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Something Might Happen based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
About two pages in, I realised with a sinking feeling that this is one of those books without speech marks. An increasingly common style gimmick, I agree it's very stark and direct, but it's also very difficult to read, particularly as the dialogue is of the 'warts and all' variety ('I went out'... 'where?'... 'just out'... 'oh'... 'what?'... 'oh'). Working out who is talking, whether it's talk or thought, reported speech etc all took time, and made it slow and troublesome. Plus the fact that the characters include a Lennie and a Lacey, a man and a woman, but not the way round you'd think. As far as the story is concerned, it had me in tears by the end, but it was mainly the bits about the children that got me going. The grisly murder at the beginning left me oddly cold, as we don't really know the victim. Same went for the other adults in the story - they remained largely flat and had little to distinguish them from one another, whilst the children were drawn with tremendous skill.A lot of plot elements felt needless - in the way that horror stories have gratuitous gore, this seemed to introduce gratuitous misery, but you would have to be made of stone not to be moved by it.I would read more by this author but pleeeeease can we have some speech marks. I know the brain can compensate, but just as I could probably do the washing up with a blindfold on, all things being equal I would prefer not to.
Bleak Spare Minimalist.Both the writing and the story.Mother of four, Tess, living in a coastal English town discovers her best friend has been killed.She falls for a detective in the case.Life goes on in the town.Eh.