Wednesday 26 February 2014

Review - The Violet Hour by Katherine Hill

Penguin Books UK
6 February 2014

This is a story about families and the dynamics which keep them together but which ultimately force them apart. The story opens as Abe and Cassandra Green take a boat out into San Francisco Bay. The marriage is troubled and the couple argue bitterly and Abe’s anger at Cassandra’s infidelity runs like dagger through this initial commentary but then the story goes forward and becomes more of a snapshot of 21st century American life with all its petty squabbles and inherent failures.

I thought that the story was nicely written although there were times, in the middle, when the story meandered without saying very much. However the social observations and the dissection of family life is interesting and allow an intimacy into the lives of others which is always fascinating if done properly.

A well thought out debut novel with enough potential for the author to go from strength to strength.

My thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Books UK for my copy of this book.

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