Indiscretion by Charles Dubow

indiscretionA book that made me cry…..

Definition: Indiscretion- A book that  I picked up by chance and COULD NOT put down.

I chose this book whilst meandering the tall shelves of the library. Its cover provoked me; it looked dark, full of secrets and passion. Charles Dubow is not an author I  have previously read or even heard of and so it was a slight gamble, but my God it paid off. I devoured it in 3 days with a 5 month old baby- just reading where and when I possibly could. I was hooked from the beginning; it starts immediately, who was Clive? and Claire? What was going to happen in their naughty relationship? but it wasn’t about them. Clive leads Claire to meet the Winslow’s; Harry and Maddy and their son Johnny. The couple are radiant in their success and seem to have it all; money, happiness, close friends who bask in their light and  most of all each other. They immediately take to Claire’s ease and naivete and take her under their wing, however things don’t quite go to plan.

The story, to me, has a quite a simple story line; nothing elaborate or far fetched but something that most probably affects millions around the world daily. Adultery, cheating, affairs, lies, broken hearts, broken dreams, broken families. It was fairly easy to predict what was going to happen, but for me that wasn’t the point. It’s not a book to keep you in suspense. It’s a book to question yourself and your views and your relationships. It affected me and I continued to think about it for days afterwards, and that is unusual.

But what I thought so clever is that this awful, low act is told so tastefully and I didn’t find myself taking anybodies side, maybe I should have. What they did was terrible and undeserved and they should have been stronger, but they weren’t. I suppose it was Claire in whose my opinion changed the most. During the first chapters I saw her as somebody I would quite like to be; her outgoing, frivolous nature. It didn’t matter so much to her. She saw what she wanted and did what she had to do to get it.

This book made me laugh, it made me cry, it stirred inner thoughts and made me hold my husband close. The characters are so real and the story line so touching. A wonderful thought provoking novel. 4.5 stars out of 5.

Every Single Minute by Hugo Hamilton

A book written by an Author with the Same initials….

Every single minute

I chose this book from the library purely because the Author and myself do share the same initials. It looked good. It struck me as a fairly easy read on life and had a recommendation from Colm Toibin, therefore it must be great and quite a philosophical piece of literature.

50 pages in, I was not interested. i found myself reading the same pages over, and each time I began I switched off and thought about how I was going to manage cooking the dinner and amusing the baby or something of the like.

I did like the short chapters and that helped me through the hard times when I almost gave up. Luckily it isn’t a long book either.

There was a point when I wanted to know and was in a way intrigued to know what the deal was with Una’s Father and the family problems in the man’s life, but it wasn’t enough. I just didn’t feel there was enough, enough substance.

As you may have gleaned, I didn’t enjoy this book and will give 1/5.