A man, woman, and the other woman. The man dies without the wife finding out. It’s the theme – close to my book – that attracted me to the book. The man’s death is the starting point and the book slowly unfolds the story of the two families embroiled in the story. Not much happens is my first complaint. The book is a bit too chick-litty is my second. Too many moments where people control their feelings and nothing happens. Doesn’t seem very real world to me. I like the use of everyday of today – that came out well and told us the importance of keeping stories set in the right now world – not the world of ten or twenty years ago. The end was a nice twist – didn’t see it coming – and I like the book much better for it. Once again, reiterated to me the importance of a great ending.
2nd Booker for Ms. Mantel and well deserved too. Cromwell carries on from where he left at ‘Wolf Hall’. And this time, it’s even better as the characters are familiar and it helps because there are so many of them. I don’t care for British history but her writing is so beautiful, she make you care, draws you in. Anne Boleyn has become the queen through Cromwell’s maneuvering but Anne and Cromwell have a fall out and then Anne is out of favor of the King too – and then begins new alignments, new friends, new enemies. Intrigue, power play and our protagonist wins in the end. Written beautifully, the book does a great job capturing the sixteenth century Britain. “He, Cromwell, said” – becomes a signature style.