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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker #BookReview


For fans of Twin Peaks and The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, this brilliant debut is dark yet hilarious, suspenseful and sad.

Everyone has a secret in Tall Oaks . . .

When three-year-old Harry goes missing, the whole of America turns its attention to one small town. Everyone is eager to help. Everyone is a suspect.

Desperate mother Jess, whose grief is driving her to extreme measures.

Newcomer Jared, with an easy charm and a string of broken hearts in his wake.

Photographer Jerry, who's determined to break away from his controlling mother once and for all.

And, investigating them all, a police chief with a hidden obsession of his own . . .

In Chris Whitaker's brilliant and original debut novel, missing persons, secret identities and dangerous lies abound in a town as idiosyncratic as its inhabitants


I've had the paperback of this for some time, but always seemed to pick it up and never read more than a chapter at a time as for some reason it just didn't grab my full attention. BUT then I started to listen to the audio version and the whole world just came alive and it transfixed me from start to finish!

It tells the story of a community who are dealing with a missing child. This is no ordinary community - full of quirky, and often foul mouthed, characters who we then get to see glimpses of their stories as the months go by. It is one of those books that is very different from anything else I've read in the way it captures the behaviour of humans - it made me laugh out loud on many occasions and it made me cry!

It is also extremely cleverly crafted with each chapter and an astonishing twist that left me gasping with shock as I didn't see it coming! Excellent stuff!!

So if you are looking for an audiobook to try then I can highly recommend the reading of this!  Read by Jeff Harding, he really brought the characters to life with his interpretations - just don't listen to this if there are little ears or those easily offended around! It is very sweary!!  But I think that's what made it even funnier!!

HAPPY READING  .....or listening!! 😉

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