|The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas|
This book is one I'd heard a lot about, and picked up about a year ago from a charity shop. I've only just made it through the pile and onto reading it.
The Slap focuses on a group of people affected by an incident at a barbecue. One guest reprimands a child who has been misbehaving and the action divides not only opinion, but family and friendships, too.
Post-slap, the book is broken up into eight sections, from the viewpoints of different characters who were there to witness the action and who have to live with the consequences. I really like the way this book was written, but if I'm honest, there wasn't one of the plethora of characters which I actually liked. At all. I'll admit, this fact did make it a little more difficult to finish the book than I'd have liked.
The consequences of the actual incident are resolved about halfway through the book itself, but the story continues, presumably to highlight that things have changed and the resulting issues continue.
I really wanted to like this book and expected to do so more than I did. Do you ever find a book which just doesn't quite live up to your expectations?