The Executioner's Heart is part of the Newbury and Hobbes series, but I wouldn't let that be a barrier to diving right in. I've not read any of the others, as yet, and I had a mighty fine time.
It’s 1903. Queen Victoria is still on the throne, a
malevolent, semi-human presence powered by a clockwork heart and obsessed with
control and power. But a more immediate danger stalks the streets with
murderous intent and no concept of mercy. Sir Maurice Newbury and his companion
Veronica Hobbes are drawn into a morass of deadly deceit that will test their
loyalties and courage.
The book starts at the end of the story, with Veronica
cautiously exploring a musty room full of ticking clocks. It’s a fool’s errand,
and Hobbes knows the risk she takes going there alone, but even she’s not
prepared for the woman with ‘terrifying black eyes’ that confronts her. In a
heartbeat Hobbes is bested, and Newbury arrives just a moment too late to save
her from her fate.
From the second chapter th…
This is an unexpected pleasure for me; a grown-up contemporary romance that I struggled to put down. It is such a compelling story that the 400+ pages just whizzed by.
Jo is a die-hard romantic who has spent her whole life searching for her One True Love. Recently though she's started to have her doubts about the wisdom of her quest. Now a thirty-something singleton working for a slushy bridal magazine, has she let the love of her life slip by? The news that her ex-fiance is getting married to someone else propels her into action. Obviously she has to stop the wedding and make Martin see that it is her he should be marrying. He wanted to once, he can't have changed his mind so quickly, it's only five years since she all but left him at the altar! So, off Jo dashes on an ill-conceived, and most likely ill-fated, mission to ruin Martin's wedding day all over again. Jo is written so brilliantly that even though she is acting in a most bonkers fashion, according to me, I …
I'd like to start by saying how much I loved Rachel Joyce's first novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. It had such charm, and the characters were lovingly written, even the minor ones. I'd come to it without expectations, it just swept me up and carried me along with Harold on his odd journey. I say all this because I think Rachel Joyce is a wonderful writer who can create magic out of the everyday lives of unexceptional people. My expectations for Perfect were high - possibly too high.
Two stories are told in Perfect. I think the main narrative is the one set in 1972, the year in which two seconds were added to time to align the clocks with the earth's rotation. These two seconds preoccupy young Byron Hemming, as he puzzles over how time can be changed and when exactly the change will take place. His best friend James is very clever, but even he doesn't seem to have all the information Byron needs. His obsession contributes to a very bad thing happening.…