It’s been a while since I updated on this, but I have gone back to reading avidly.
The book I am now nearing the end of is Complicity by Iain Banks. The first Iain Banks I read was one of his most recent – Dead Air – a book that I would probably label as one of my favourites. So, hoping that I’d found an author I could without question say is brilliant, I then read The Bridge. Maybe I’m not intellectual enough, but I hated it and found it incredibly confusing. However, hoping that it was just a one off, I then started Complicity. The book so far has been very good. Basically, it is a mystery story, but what I love about this book, as with Dead Air, is the way that Iain Banks describes things from everyday, and not so everyday, life that makes you realise picture exactly what he is referring to.
The last book I read was another mystery, but along the more conventional lines. That time it was Murder in the Marais by Cara Black. I had wanted to buy this book for some time. I first found Cara Black’s books in Waterstone’s in Southampton and just by reading the back of them I wanted to buy them. So I kept looking out for the first one in the series – Murder in the Marais – from then on. I finally bought it in January this year. Murder in the Marais is about a murder with links to the occupation of Paris during the Second World War. It twists and turns quite a lot and so can sometimes be difficult to follow, but when you get back on track it all fits together nicely. Although I don’t know the Marais at all, it really did conjour up a strong image of it in my mind. A very good book, and I will certainly read more by Cara Black.