Eats, Shoots & Reads

Reads #7: The Review…

Eats, Shoots & Reads

David Jenkins

Dave Says…

“I’d read “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” about 7 years ago and loved it so was really excited to see Mark Haddon had released another book. I read it on my train journeys going back and forth to see friends. I really loved how it explores how completely mental and neurotic families can be, coming from a bonkers one myself!! I felt the tension getting tighter through the book leading up to the big day! Nothing makes people more mental than a wedding.”

“I think the books dark humour is spot on for me and I was really interested in the tension with the gay character.”

Liam Goldstein

I Say…

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have to say it’s my favourite of the challenge so far – a big, big, thank you to Dave for choosing Mark Haddon’s “A Spot of Bother”.

I really like Mark Haddon’s writing style, short chapters and the fact that each chapter is told from a different family member’s perspective. I found the book really easy to read and I wanted to find out more about the family and felt part of the drama throughout.

I enjoyed joining the characters on their journey as the wedding day creeps closer and closer and sharing their anxiety, distress, joy and sadness.

Mark Haddon has a way of throwing the reader into the situation and gives us insights into what it’s like to suffer from mental health issues and how they can affect a family. I haven’t had the opportunity to read his other book, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” but will make sure I do as soon as my challenge is over (assuming it’s not one of recommendations of course).

Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended!

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