Taylor and Angus serve two parts of a whole lot of drama. They have a volatile relationship. And when they break up, it gets ugly.
For Taylor, getting dumped is one thing. Having your ex-boyfriend post an explicit video of you on to a porn site is something entirely different. And now she is out for revenge.
But what starts out as a plan for some kind of petty vengeance, soon turns into something more twisted. Taylor soon realises the person she loved is not who she fell in love with.
With Taylor’s plan for revenge spiraling out of control, she soon realises it’s not just a petty game anymore.
Drysdale’s novel, ‘The Sunday Girl’ is narrated in the first person by the main character, Taylor. This is much the same as Drysdale’s second novel, ‘The Strangers We Know’. And in much the same fashion, the reader sees things from Taylor’s perspective and gets a first-person account of Taylor’s thoughts and feelings.
As I’ve said before, I’m not a huge fan of first-person perspective, but I did find ‘The Sunday Girl’ to be written better than ‘The Strangers We Know’. ‘The Sunday Girl’ was far easier to relate to, and the feelings the narrator felt, I began feeling too.
This novel had some interesting twists, and although neither party (Taylor or Angus) was completely in the right when it came to their actions, the ambiguity was realistic.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and the modern storyline.
Such a Fun Age, authored by Kiley Reid, follows Emira Tucker – a 25 year-old black woman from Philadelphia, who has no idea what she wants to do with her life. In the meantime though, she works as a babysitter for the Chamberlains – a nice, well-to-do white family who has just moved to town.
But when Emira is filmed being apprehended in a grocery store on suspicion of kidnapping Briar Chamberlain (the child she babysits), things start to snowball. One thing she knows is that she most certainly doesn’t want the video to get out, despite pressure from the boy who filmed it, and her employer, Mrs. Chamberlain.
Emira buries the video, and pretends it never happened.
But the well-meaning white people in Emira’s life can’t seem to let it go, forcing Emira to realise the stark reality of her situation – there’s always someone trying to take control, protect her or help her, even when she never asked.
Kiley Reid really brings everything to the table in ‘Such a Fun Age’.
Through character depth and connection, she tells the story of modern American racism, inequality and presumption. Reid’s approach to such broad issues in a way that is both eye-opening and yet not insensitive to others is truly a testament to her personality and writing style.
Such a Fun Age looks at this complex issue from all angles, with an acute understanding of ‘well-meaning’ white people who often overstep and ‘protect’ black people where it is not necessary, not asked for and often not even needed.
Reid has really created a work of art in the pages of ‘Such a Fun Age’, reminding everyone that a subject doesn’t have to be a mystery, for people to still miss the point.
The Wife and The Widow is White’s (author) second novel, following the spectacular release of his debut novel, ‘The Nowhere Child‘.
The Wife and The Widow follows two stories: one of a wife named Abby, and the other of a widow – Kate. Both women find themselves on the island of Belport, searching for a murderer, and answers to questions they haven’t even thought of yet.
But as they search, they uncover things best left buried, with their stories becoming dark and increasingly intertwined.
Christian White’s second book really proves that the first one wasn’t just ‘beginner’s luck’. The Wife and The Widow is an extraordinary book following an incredibly intricate series of events – but White pulls it off stunningly well.
Although it is hard to write a detailed plot review without too many spoilers, The Wife and The Widow reminded me of ‘The Silent Patient‘ in some respects, by creating suspense by containing more than one point of view of the same incidents. It is hard to flaw this novel, as it is so precisely written, in order to keep the reader captivated until the very last word.
Christian White is truly someone to keep an eye on – he is currently working on his third novel, which will no doubt be much anticipated by his growing fan-base (myself included). I would 100% recommend reading this one!
Alicia Berenson won’t say a word – not since she shot dead her husband, Gabriel.
Once a famous painter, now turned notorious, Alicia now resides at ‘The Grove’ – a psychiatric ward. Refusing to speak for over 6 years, when she shot her husband point blank 5 times in the face, Alicia suddenly becomes aware of a new Doctor in the ward.
Psychotherapist Theo, has recently switched jobs – intrigued by Alicia’s case, and desperate to unravel the mystery behind the silent patient at ‘The Grove’.
‘The Silent Patient’ by Alex Michaelides is gripping, from start to finish. Alicia Berenson is an extremely interesting character, providing thought-provoking moments, even in the absence of her voice.
This novel has many twists and turns, partly written from Theo’s point of view, and partly from Alicia’s, in the form of her personal diary entries. There are so many questions, all culminating into a final up-ending.
Without giving away too much, all that can be said is that as the reader, it was easy to become drawn in, invested and intensely mystified – and subsequently de-mystified – all in the space of a few hundred pages.
My only criticism is that ‘The Silent Patient’ ends as quickly as it started, and although that is partly intentional, it left me wanting more – more information, more backstory and more pages.
What a roller-coaster of a month October has been! Thank you all for being so patient with me – I know I usually write my ‘Editor’s Notes’ at the start of the month, rather than at the end.
I decided early last month that I would go on a ‘mini hiatus’ in October, preempting how busy I would be, and I’m so glad that I did.
I used to feel guilty for taking time out for myself, but nowadays I realize just how important it is.
On top of the usual shenanigans, I’ve been settling in to my new job (that I love), helping my brother move house, packing and moving my house (I don’t think it’s possible to move a teenager, a partner and two sausage dogs without having at least 5 mental breakdowns) and catching up with family and friends I haven’t seen in a while.
I guess you could say I’ve been kind of busy – and usually I would still juggle all of that and post daily on ‘The Art of Overthinking’ but this month, I opted to take a step back and use the time I would normally spend on my blog, on some self-care.
Rest, Rest, Rest.
Self-care, for me, is spending time by myself. That may seem counter-intuitive for some of my more extroverted friends, but for me, alone time is a time for me to reset and re-evaluate where I’m at.
Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner peace.
Since starting my job as a Youth Support Worker, self-care has become even more important. As far as I’m concerned, if I’m not in the right head-space, how can I properly look after vulnerable young people?
The answer is simple: I can’t.
So with everything going on this month, I decided to spend some time soul-searching, going back to basics and deciding what my values looked like.
Stop, Pause, Reflect.
During my ‘break’ from blogging, I decided not to check my daily ‘stats’, stopped checking my Pinterest followers and kept my phone on silent.
I spent time with my dear Grannie, who turned 98 this year and still lives independently – it’s amazing how many stories someone has when they’ve been alive since 1921(!).
I went and saw an old friend from Law School, Robyn – one of the strongest, most resilient and passionate people I know. When we were in Law School, Robyn shared with me her reason for studying – to get someone out of prison who shouldn’t be there: Derek Bromley. Derek has been incarcerated for 35 years for a crime he did not commit.
I’ve met Derek multiple times now, and thoroughly believe in his innocence, as well as the amazing work Robyn has done to make Derek’s case known.
Derek’s legal team is currently preparing for the High Court. If you’d like to learn more about Derek’s case, or Miscarriages of Justice in general, I’d implore you to check out Dr. Bob Moles’ website: Networked Knowledge or Google ‘Derek Bromley’.
This time off has also given me extra time to spend with my 5 siblings, including this little cherub, who has just gone 5 months(!).
I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.
It’s such a blessing to have so many beautiful humans in my life – especially all my younger siblings, who make my life feel far more important. It’s an amazing feeling to love and be loved.
I’m back, baby!
Thank you all again, for being so patient while I’ve been missing in action.
But now it’s time to start writing again, and hopefully get back to everyone who has messaged, emailed and tried to contact me!
You’ll be hearing from me very soon, I’m sure – with Christmas, New Years’ and all those fun things just around the corner – there’s plenty to talk about!
Enjoy the rest of your October (oh, and a Happy Halloween to my American friends!), look after yourselves – until next time! Xx