Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty is this week’s book recommendation.
Why should you pick it up?
How do I put it? It’s a book that would do great as a thriller series if made properly. Wouldn’t they all? In fact, if I remember correctly, I think there already is one. But then that’s now why you should read a book, right?
This is the story of Yvonne Carmichael who is happily married with two children but ends up having an affair with a man she hardly knows anything about. This man, Mr X, is the one she reaches out to when she is raped by a colleague at a work party. What happens next is an emotional trauma she can’t discuss with anyone, a workplace she doesn’t feel like going to anymore and an affair with a man who suggests her that they ‘solve’ the problem that is her colleague. What happens next? Well, take a wild guess.
It was one of those thrillers whose premise I liked quite a bit when I picked it up for the first time. If I’m right, I read this book in one sitting on a Diwali evening amidst all the chores and celebrations. Now, if that doesn’t say much about how good this book is then what does?
Yvonne Carmichael sits in the witness box. The charge is murder. Before all of this, she was happily married, a successful scientist, a mother of two. Now she’s a suspect, squirming under fluorescent lights and the penetrating gaze of the alleged accomplice who’s sitting across from her, watching: a man who’s also her lover. As Yvonne faces hostile questioning, she must piece together the story of her affair with this unnamed figure who has charmed and haunted her. This is a tale of sexual intrigue, ruthless urges, and danger, which has blindsided her from a seemingly innocuous angle. Here in the courtroom, everything hinges on one night in a dark alley called Apple Tree Yard.
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Link to Good Reads: Apple Tree Yard
This post is a series of weekly book recommendations on the blog. Have fun reading! Please note this is not a book review, just a book recommendation.
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