Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

apple tree yardThis is a read that divided our crime book club at Dersingham.

Yvonne Carmichael has worked hard to achieve the life she always wanted: a high-flying career in genetics, a beautiful home, a good relationship with her husband and their two grown-up children.

Then one day she meets a stranger at the Houses of Parliament and, on impulse, begins a passionate affair with him – a decision that will put everything she values at risk.

At first she believes she can keep the relationship separate from the rest of her life, but she can’t control what happens next. All of her careful plans spiral into greater deceit and, eventually, a life-changing act of violence.

I didn’t feel very sympathetic to the character of Yvonne from the start.  You’d think she’d have a little more common sense at 52! It’s very graphic in parts, but this is a tale of obsession and just what someone will do to exact revenge.

Alison

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