The 2014 Book Challenge Review: Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
Apple Tree Yard is one of the books that my book club chose for August. Funnily enough, even though I read both books, I didn’t get to the club. However, I’d seen this book around and I’m glad I had the reason to get it and read it.
It’s the story of Yvonne a high flyer with life all sussed and sorted. Yet when she meets a handsome stranger and falls into a passionate affair everything changes. With everything in balance she thinks it can continue until horrible act changes that. I struggled to describe this plot because there are twists and turns and it isn’t simple. I also don’t want to give anything away.
This wasn’t like the forumla of other thrillers. I feel like the reveals weren’t as spaced as they should have been. By the final act there were no real suprises left for me. Which was a shame because there were moments of brilliance. Doughty has a keen eye on modern day sexism and this novel damns the double standards of it.
The only issue was that final part of the book, the resolution had happened, I had kind of done with the story about 50 pages before the end. Which had a negative effect on the actual last reveal.
Not the best thriller out there but worth reading for the social commentary. Worth reading from a feminist perspective.