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Friday, May 27, 2011

Review - Jenn Ashworth A KIND OF INTIMACY

I first read about this book on Cornflower Books and I was intrigued. The book was definitely a fascinating read from start to finish. It was also a strange book.

Annie has "different " perceptions of herself. She genuinely does not see herself the way others would. Annie Fairhurst opens the scene with her packing her belongings and moving to a new house. The first chapter itself will indicate that things are not what they seem. She massacres a sofa as it was the one on which she sat whilst her husband proposed to her. After doing this she calmly moves on.

Moving into her new house Annie decides on improving herself with a list of self help books and also very importantly for Annie getting to know her neighbours. Upto now you know that Annie is off center a bit, but you put it down to being eccentric. But very very soon you realize that we are dealing with someone here who has gone beyond eccentricity into a world of make believe, delusions and worse a pathological liar. One who can twist her own ideas and views into beliefs beyond imagination.

This is one book which draws you in. You do want to know what Annie is going to do next and you also know that it is going to be worse than the last and that all these little incidents are going to be drawn together into an explosion of the worst kind.

A debut novel of absolute black humor and a lot of satire. Very enjoyable.


mel u said...

This sounds like a captivating book-thanks for sharing it with us

Cheryl said...

This sounds like a book I would like. I have to tell you that I loved your review! It really made me want to read the book!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I had this book in my hands twice, but never read it, and I DO WANT TO! Nice review; it sounds great!

McGuffy Ann said...

This sounds very interesting! Good review!

Marce said...

Never heard of this one, very interesting and the cover draws you in.

Blodeuedd said...

It does look a bit different from what you have been reading lately. And it does sound very intriguing

Anonymous said...

Thank you for reminding me about this one. It was covered on one of the programmes on World Book Night and I meant to order it from the library but I had completely forgotten. until now!