Apple Tree Yard

(2014)
Apple Tree Yard, by Louise Doughty

Definitely a compulsive read.  The book opens in a London courtroom where we learn the narrator, Yvonne, is on trial for an as-yet unknown crime.  The story is presented as though Yvonne is writing a letter to her partner in an adulterous relationship. Although she doesn’t intend to mail it, she is using this method to process the events that transpired between them.  This psychological thriller is quite different from what I usually read, but I absolutely loved it and never wanted to put it down.  Apple Tree Yard contains quite a bit of non-explicit sex: it’s generally just mentioned as having happened without a lot of detail or drawing it out.  There are one or two very disturbing scenes, but, again, they are not drawn out.  I definitely recommend this title to anyone who loves a character-driven thriller and is ok with the stuff previously mentioned. Likely more appealing to a female audience.

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