The March choice for WOW WI book group was Us by David Nicholls. His previous best sellers One Day and Starter for Ten have both been made into films, and Us would make a good film or TV series we feel.
Us is the story of a last family holiday in Europe as the slightly geeky 'hero' Douglas tries in vain to hold his marriage together and maintain a a relationship with his teenage son.
His bohemian laid back wife Connie is undecided as to whether she wants to stay married to him and along with seventeen year old son Albie unwillingly embarks on a family tour of the cultural highlights of Europe.
Douglas has planned the trip to the tiniest detail degree but will it all go to plan and will he still be married at the end of the months trip?
Amusing,well written, poignant, sad and sometimes laugh out loud funny, this is a wry tale of modern family relationships with some very apt and comical references to marriage. A satisfying enjoyable read. Recommended!
Aprils book was A Colder War by Charles Cumming. If you like John Le Carre you'll enjoy this. Thomas Kell is an MI5 agent given one last chance to prove himself after unwittingly allowing the torture and rendition of a Guantanamo inmate. His fellow spy and friend disappears in a planes crash over the Greek Islands - what follows is a tale of betrayal, possible double agents, moles and modern spy warfare with the Internet and mobile phones being used to combat modern threats to UK and European security from Russia and other rogue states. Thomas Kell is a very human spy, overweight, unfit and smokes too much but in true spy fashion gets the glamorous girl...but is she an informer? A straight forward spy thriller. Good beach or holiday read if you are a fan of this genre.
Also read and enjoyed....Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.....very long but gripping, with a cast of unique almost Dickensian characters.
How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny...a pacy detective thriller set in French Canadian Quebec......was still up reading at midnight!