Browsers Book Group list for 2017
Each month I host an open meeting at Browsers Bookshop, Woodbridge in Suffolk. We usually focus on modern fiction and the discussion regularly attracts around 20 people, men and women, of all ages.
A fascinating account of a mountaineering expedition exploring sibling rivalry, guilt and fear. But did it need to have the 'ghost story' cover badge? The group was in two minds
Fast-paced, fantastical and intriguing with a Bond-like central character and a powerful, sinister setting of Siberia. Or far-fetched and confusing with no character or cause to care about. The group was divided in its response!
Quirky, magical, mystical with beautiful scene-setting. Most enjoyed reading this unusual novel but felt it could have been better - the ending in particular disappointed.
This murder mystery in the Australian outback has been a huge bestseller. What will we think of it?
A bleak picture of young people's lives told using violent imagery and, in places, coarse language upset some. Others thought it original, compelling and powerful with stunning imagery.
Incredibly moving, thought-provoking and beautifully written, though others weren't convinced by the characters' behaviours and motivations.
A harrowing subject beautifully told but requiring concentration and application from the reader. Not a quick or easy read, but almost everyone agreed they were pleased to have read it.
A clever construction presenting three different outcomes for a relationship. Fascinating for some, challenging for others seeking to remember who was who, what was happening when. Some felt it was the best book they've read for a long while!
Poetic language, vivid descriptions and ultimately a gripping, compelling and poignant plot. Too sad some claimed, others loved it.
Great fun - a well researched 'romp' keeping us turning the pages until the last surprising 'twist'. Tedious, indulgent, too wordy, too long. The group was divided in its response!