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For a long while, I have wanted to read this book… I’d seen it on the Richard and Judy Book Club list and it sounded really interesting. So, with a lull in my book reading selection- before I started on my new Book Club read, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to fit it in! In hindsight, it probably would have been prudent to have read the reviews before I delved in, however, I decided I should live on the edge, throw caution to the wind, and read it without clouding my mind with other people’s opinions first. Yes. I know. I’m wild.

The book centres around a middle aged geneticist, married and with grown up children- a relatively normal woman. One day, while at the House of Commons she meets a man, and to spare you the details I had to endure, they become acquainted. Thus begins their reckless love affair. After a few months of sneaking around (and doing a lot of things I wish I’d never read) a sequence of events leads to one violent act. This propels both characters into a realm of crime, devastation to their relationship, and the beginning of both of their worlds crumbling down around them and their families. I don’t wish to ruin the ending for you if you are planning to read it, so I’ll leave it there and let you find out for yourself…!

The story began slow and then accelerated ridiculously quickly into a racy and very detailed love affair. I am a bit of a prude when it comes to sex being graphically portrayed in front of me, and I’m really not ashamed of that. It’s not something I need in my life. However, when I continued reading, it became quite clear that it was necessary to the story, for me to know the majority of the bits that I hated with a passion. (Although I firmly stand by the fact that I think it was overly descriptive and highly crude.) In all honesty, I only have myself to blame for the intrusion I felt from reading this book, and if I wasn’t so stubborn and plain bloody minded, I probably would have shut the book less than half way through. But, I am both of those things, for better or for worse, and so was determined to see it through to the end.

It’s safe to say that there were a great number of chapters of this book that I in no way enjoyed… But, once I had crossed the half way point, it began to become interesting. Although it sounds as if I felt entirely negatively about this book, let me rectify that in saying that the concept was reasonably clever… the idea was intriguing, and the writing was, on the whole, pretty good (a few typos aside). I would never read it again, my life has not been enhanced at all by this book, but I read it, it was fine and now I can move on.

It has been said of it that ‘it is in part literary investigation of personal morality, part psychological thriller.’ It really is completely the former and loosely the latter, although I don’t think it is a strong enough reflection of a ‘thriller’ to really take that title.

But hey, read it for yourself, and disagree if you wish… That’s really the only way you’ll know if I’m right or not. Or if you’re like me, and don’t want to put yourself through the ordeal of being privy to the intimate details of a fictional woman’s love/sex life, feel free just ask me what happened…!

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