Report on Book Group Meeting - Meeting, Monday, 13 May 2019

Our group met on Monday evening to discuss "The Dry", a debut novel set in the outback of Australia, and Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year 2017, by Jane Harper.  As usual opinions in the group varied from "thoroughly enjoyed it" to "it was okay - I got through it!".  Those members of the group who had enjoyed the novel thought that it was a good plot with believable characters, well written and a surprising, unexpected ending and they would recommend it to a friend.  Those, who were less keen, said that it was not a breathless page-turner and that the plot was contrived.  I think that we all felt incredulous that anyone, even a native Australian, would quite happily turn off the bedroom light and go to sleep when there was a huntsman spider (venomous and the size of a dinner plate!) romping round on the ceiling and that the same man would also put his hand down a burrow in the ground without first shining a torch down it to see if there was anything lurking there - happily there wasn't and he found his long lost cigarette lighter and some evidence which helped to solve the crime.

Our marks out of 10 varied between 5 and 9 resulting in an average score of 7.

We shall meet next month to discuss "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout.

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