Scarlet book club: March 2015

We were all agreed that our choice this month, “The Miniaturist” by Jessie Burton, was a good one as we found plenty to say about it. Most people really enjoyed the book which they described as a blockbuster rather than particularly good literature.

Bearing in mind this is Burton’s first novel, we felt that this was an author worth looking out for as she told a good tale and the story progressed at a good pace. Her choice of story was unusual and seems to have been, at least in part, factually correct, although some felt her inclusion of supernatural aspects was not handled as smoothly as it could have been. Some initial niggles about her style evaporated as the novel went on and the author seemed to grow in confidence and her tendency to overwrite diminished, although some felt the ending a little unsatisfactory. All in all, the consensus was that this was an enjoyable read.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 23 April at 2pm in the library at Scarlet, as usual, when the book under discussion will be “The Accidental Apprentice” by Vikas Swarup.

New members are always welcome – if you wish to know more, please email Clare at: dancer@clara.co.uk