Since I spend about a third of my life feeding now, I tend to spend a lot of this time reading, thanks to my Kindle. Here’s a few books I’ve read recently; all of which surprised or intrigued me due to the endings. Here they are, with a few thoughts, but hopefully not spoilers, if you haven’t read them already.
One Day – David Nichols
I had seen the trailers for the film adaptation of this and thought it looked interesting, and found the book a really nice read. I love the structure, with each chapter seeing the same characters on the same day, one year later. Tracking their lives like this was fascinating. Ending wise- I could see that flashing back in time to earlier parts of the novel was supposed to make it seem nicely rounded, and leave you feeling satisfied, not upset, but I just felt a little fobbed off at the end! A great read, one I shall definitely be going back to. (And maybe I will now watch the film!)
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
This is a book I’ve meant to read for quite a while; I really liked the child’s focalisation and seeing Bruno’s view of WWII, and the prisoner of war camp he unknowingly lives next to. Naturally, this wasn’t the happiest book in the world given the subject matter of Auschwitz, or ‘Out- With’ but an original take on it. I, like the narrator, wasn’t expecting the ending, and perhaps that shows the effectiveness of the narrative style, as I was almost as oblivious as Bruno to his fate.
‘War Brides’ – Helen Bryan
I found this one by browsing the various sections on Amazon, and fancied the sound of it. It followed several different women from different backgrounds, shortly before and during the war. They all end up living in the same village for the majority of the war and become entwined in each others’ lives. The beginning and the end of the novel showed the women at the 50th anniversary. The ending added quite a twist to the tale, and I suppose had the purpose of leaving the characters feeling that justice had been served, although I just found it a little odd, and that there were other issues I would rather have had resolved.
Other books I’ve enjoyed reading are Pear Shaped by Stella Newman, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Paradise House by Erica James.