I've been falling behind with my reading of late. Not that I have a schedule for reading exactly, bur I know that I used to devour more books than I seem to have been recently. I'm not sure why that is, other than this tiredness fog which seems to claim most of my evenings and spare moments at home, lately. But, here are my thoughts on a couple of books I've read over the past few weeks.
|The Frank Business|
When Frank drops down dead suddenly at Heathrow airport on Christmas Eve, his estranged daughter Jem heads to France to try and understand exactly why Frank may have been travelling to London, with only his passport and wallet on him. She pieces together some of the clues and suddenly jumps to the conclusion that she may in fact have a brother which she didn't know about. To add a little more complication to the matter, she needs to track him down as Frank's cause of death was a heart condition which could be hereditary. So, it's only right that she finds the family and warns them....right?
There are a few strange characters in this and I have to admit I didn't find any of them particularly relateable, but I enjoyed the parts of the story where the flashbacks pieced the backstory together of that fateful summer and we find out more about the mysterious Frank.
|The Swimming Pool|
Another book which keeps you guessing. Natalie is intrigued when the local lido is reopened, and soon finds herself spending most of her spare time swimming there in the hope to meet the exotic Lara; local actress and philanthropist. Somehow, Natalie and Lara become friends and their families begin spending more and more time together.
Chilling and creepy, I found this one rather mesmerising and it's easy to see how Natalie gets swept up in the hoi polloi of her new friends. Lines are blurred between wives, husbands, teachers and students and there's also a secret from the past thrown in for good measure, which Natalie thought she would never have to share with anyone.