What I've Been Reading: The Red House

Since reading The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (one of my all-time favourite books), I've always been a big Mark Haddon fan. I've read A Spot Of Bother and loved it, so when I finally got a bit of free time, I was looking forward to curling up with another Haddon book - The Red House.

I'd read a bit about this book before I bought it on my Kindle and it seemed to have some pretty mixed reviews, especially about how it's written, flitting from one perspective to another very quickly.

This didn't put me off though, and like with any Mark Haddon book, there's something about The Red House that just draws you in. I don't like giving much away about the plot of books when reviewing them, but in this case, there isn't a plot as such. It's more just a load of observations or commentary on a family holiday - but I haven't been able to put it down since I started reading. You quickly get used to the changing perspectives and by the end of the book, I found myself being able to work out who was who before it was made clear.

If you're looking for something easy but that will hold your attention, don't let the mixed reviews put you off. There's something so accurate about how the book is written - you can almost picture it being a commentary on your own family holiday. You can put yourself in the characters shoes, and while it feels like not much happens, everything seems to as well.

(That probably sounds really bizarre, but read it and you'll understand what I mean)

Have you read The Red House? What did you think?


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