Monday, 10 January 2011

Pass the book!

It was Sian who began it. And how glad are we that she did? :-)


The idea is - well, actually, Sian has explained it better than I can! Just click here to read all about the way it works. As part of this lovely project, last month I was lucky enough to receive a book that had originated with Sian, travelled to Amy, visited with Jacky, and then made its way to me. I wonder where it will go next?


Before we get onto that, though, maybe I should tell you a bit about the book in question. What can I say about it without giving too much away? And what can I say that will help you decide whether it's a book you'd like to read yourself?

Well, I should warn you that it's not an easy read. It's the story of a mother whose little boy disappears on his way to school one day. As the title implies, this is not a case that is resolved in a few hours. As such, this is perhaps not a book that you might 'enjoy' - not one to 'entertain' you; however, it is a book that stays with you, one that you think about even while you're not reading it, one that you're anxious to get back to so you can find out what happens. I remember after watching the film Saving Private Ryan that I felt glad that I'd seen it, because it felt like an important film to watch, but I certainly couldn't say that I 'enjoyed' watching it! I wouldn't put this book in quite the same category but it perhaps comes somewhere near it.

I knew that it wouldn't be an easy read, so I deliberately put up some barriers between myself and the mother in the story. Normally when I read a book I immerse myself in it (to the extent that I can be unaware of what's going on around me, and anyone who interrupts at a crucial moment is at risk of bodily injury!) I identify with the characters, and in imagination I'm present at the scenes and experiencing the emotions. I knew I couldn't do it with this book, I'd be an emotional wreck! So I distanced myself just enough to safeguard myself. For most of the book I did, anyway. I couldn't maintain that distance towards the end, and I cried many, many tears over the last few pages.

The story stayed with me for several days afterwards, too, and I find myself returning to it in my mind even now, a couple of weeks later. Yes, it's a gripping story, and sends you from hope to despair to horror and back again..... Can I recommend it? YES! Whole heartedly :-) But don't put your name down if your idea of a good read is a light, frothy romance (and at times, that's exactly the kind of book I want to read!) This book certainly isn't that.

Have I sold it to you?! I mentioned yesterday that writing book reviews isn't one of my strengths - I'm too concerned about giving away too much of the story, or conversely saying too little; I worry about being over-effusive in my praise of an author, or offending by saying anything negative! I hope at least that I've given you some idea of whether you'd like to give this book a go?

So, who shall I pass the book onto next? If you're interested, please clearly say so in a comment on this post. If your comment doesn't clearly state that you'd like your name to be included in the draw, it won't be! Next Sunday evening (16th January) I'll pick a name at random from all those who've expressed an interest, and I'll announce who the next recipient will be either that evening or on Monday 17th. I'll close the comments when I'm ready to make the draw, so if you're able to leave a comment, you're not too late! Entrants from anywhere in the world are welcome. (Just remember that you'll need to pass the book on to someone else after, so you'll need a blog to be able to do that!)

Are we ready? Let's pass the book....

*Edited to say: Comments are now closed. The next recipient will be announced shortly*

21 comments:

Ruth said...

First up, me! I'd like to give this book a go, please. The story may be dark, but doesn't the cover look beautiful?!

Heather said...

me me me!! lol
Sounds like an amazing story Mel & one of my aims for this year is to read more of a variety of genres :)

scrappyjacky said...

I'm glad you 'enjoyed' the book, Mel....I had a few tears at the end as well.

Beverly said...

I would like to be included in the drawing..I am not much of a light, frothy romance reader :) Thanks for the new year wishes, they are never too late, I hope we both have glorious years!

Anesha said...

Sounds like a book to read. Have a great day.

debs14 said...

I tried bribing Sian's Horsey with carrots and sugar cubes first time round with this book, maybe I'll have better luck with The Hamster if that is how you will be choosing the winner ;-)
Count me in please!
ps: The Hamster - there could be a bag of hamster treats in this for you if you choose my name !

Sian said...

I'm looking forward to seeing where this lands next!

Kirsty.a said...

Yes, please, i'd love to try it

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Sounds like an interesting story but one that would have a negative effect on my sleeping. I'd like to read it but just don't think I can.

The Mann Fam said...

This sound similar to a book I'm reading right now called "The Year of Fog". Hard reading but interesting as far as seeing what parents go through during first the days, then months of the child's absence and the not knowing.

No need to include me in the pass along. ;)

Amy said...

I was interested to hear of what you thought of this book as I had an inkling you would find it an emotional read. I too will follow the progress of this one with interest :-)

SarahLP said...

It does sound a good book.. but you know, I think it would wreck me emotionally.. I do have trouble distancing myself from characters in books and film.. even pointless tv programmes! So please don't count me in!

furrypig said...

Thanks Mal would love to be in the hamster picking pile!

alexa said...

Very thoughtful review, Mel - but please don't count me in this time...

Maria Ontiveros said...

I"m definitely in - this is one that I've been following as it's trekked about.
Rinda

Rachel B said...

I thought this was a great review Mel! I would like to be included please, I may need to get in extra boxes of tissues as it does sound like a weepy :)

Liberty :) said...

Please include me!!!! thank you xxx

Keira said...

I'd love to be in for this, it really does sound like a great story.

Jimjams said...

Hmmmm an interesting sounding book - I'd like to be considered please :D

Becky said...

Please include me in the drawing! The book sounds great and I would really love the chance to have a read :)

Ginger said...

Would love a chance Mel! I love stories that stick...