06 Jun '12, 11am

A Kind Man

Have you ever read a book that gave you a real sense of impending dread and heartbreak by the second or third chapter? Perhaps it’s because I am in my current ‘condition’, but I felt so stricken by Eve’s story. Eve has met and married a man — Tommy Car — who is very kind, and they set up house together. (Tangent : a reviewer on Goodreads described its setting as Yorkshire / Northern England, but as I read it, I was thinking, this is Scotland. But anyway.) They try and try for a baby, while Eve’s sister keeps popping them out. Finally, Eve and Tommy have a baby, but their joy doesn’t last long. Eve faces a real tug of war between her role as a wife and sister — her sister is incredibly bitter about her own lot and doesn’t hesitate to make it Eve’s issue. Being a Susan Hill novel (I assume, as I’ve only read one other of her works), there is an unexplained supernatural eleme...

Full article: http://www.serialdeviant.org/weblog/2012/06/06/a-kind-man/

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