APPLE TREE YARD - amazing - ace thriller for lovers of Gone Girl etc

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EliotNess Fri 05-Jul-13 18:35:13

but far more cerebral and not so bloody annoying at the end

I really recommend it - I was gripped

EliotNess Fri 05-Jul-13 18:35:31
MrsTwgtwf Fri 05-Jul-13 18:36:19

Thanks - I like Doughty. smile

EliotNess Fri 05-Jul-13 18:38:56

i had never read hers before

you wil LOVE this - I read it in 48 hours

Just put it on my kindle. smile

EliotNess Sat 06-Jul-13 13:10:12

I bet you're reading it now.

Clawdy Tue 23-Jul-13 20:42:54

i agree,gripping and compulsive,though the court scenes were a bit drawn-out. And I did find myself puzzling over the scene in the crypt! Is it really possible to pull your knickers and tights down on one side only??

LadyMilfordHaven Tue 23-Jul-13 20:43:36

pervert ;)
I thought it was ace - I liked the court thing and the fact that her utter honesty was based on her sexual history - not a thing a man would have to do

Dunlurking Wed 24-Jul-13 20:55:00

Finally bought this as kindle price v good atm - £1.39...

LadyMilfordHaven Wed 24-Jul-13 21:39:02


Dp is reading it now. He says it needs some serious editing / proof-reading. Doubt I'll bother - I found Gone Girl unreadable.

I need books though!

LadyMilfordHaven Wed 24-Jul-13 22:41:44

Oh I'm sure he knows best. Being a man and all ;)

LadyMilfordHaven Wed 24-Jul-13 22:42:42

When you get to the end you realise a lot is relevant. Plus I think it resonates with women

Oh he knows nowt - he likes Ian McEwan. smile

NellVarnish Sat 27-Jul-13 20:05:51

Just finished it on your recommendation - couldn't put it down - he was a shit though.

Never tried Louise Doughty before - any other recommendations of hers?

I'm reading Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes at the mo but need something lined up for when I finish. smile

Clawdy Sun 28-Jul-13 09:08:34

Two books with really good twists and clever plotting - Until You're Mine by Samantha Heyes, and The Burning Air by Erin Kelly.

Samu2 Sun 28-Jul-13 22:12:59

Just d/l it smile

AnonYonimousBird Mon 29-Jul-13 11:52:21

For £1.39, I'm going to download for a future read. Thanks for the rec.

Mrsrobertduvall Wed 31-Jul-13 13:06:10

I am reading it at the moment and am loving it.

Dp finished it yesterday. He reckons that the 2nd half was better than the first, and that it was better than 'Gone Girl' but that a lot of it wasn't terribly credible.

magimedi Wed 31-Jul-13 17:30:59

I've just finished it & was a bit underwhelmed. It could have done with being at least a third shorter & I didn't find Yvonne very credible.

Won't say more as don't want to spoil.

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 03-Aug-13 11:48:17

i thought the ending was a tad drawn out, yes

louloutheshamed Mon 05-Aug-13 12:44:14

I just finished this and loved it. Thought it was very cleverly structured. Haven't read Gone Girl so can't compare but it did remind me of Alice Sebold's Lucky in the way the trial was covered in so much detail. I found it fascinating how everything was 'upside
Down' (without wanting to give too much away!)

Am now about to start Denise Mina's The red road....

BaconAndAvocado Mon 05-Aug-13 21:05:15

Love the look of this book but am loathe to pay £8 for it!

Off to the library!

whatwoulddexterdo Mon 12-Aug-13 20:42:59

Right have just finished this and don't understand why everyone says it is an upside down book, ca anyone enlighten me?

louloutheshamed Mon 12-Aug-13 20:58:14


I think upside down is on reference
To the trial. If it had been a rape
Trial then George behaving monstrously would have worked
In her favour, whereas in a murder trial it worked against her as a motive. She makes the point that as
Someone accused of
Murder she was treated he same as the victim in a rape trial would have been. I was shocked at what the character Kevin said about the defence lawyers in a rape trial-
All the dirt Digging etc.

whatwoulddexterdo Mon 12-Aug-13 21:15:35

Thanks loulou, that makes sense. I kept thinking that there was going to be some massive twist at the end. Agree with others that the second half was better than the first, but have to say that i didn't find Yvonne a like able character, and also didn't feel that hers and guys marriage was very credible.

BabeRuthless Tue 13-Aug-13 07:00:13

Anyone who enjoyed this might also like Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach. Read both back to back while on holiday.

LadyMilfordHaven Sun 18-Aug-13 13:08:22

So I bought that kiss me first. What utter shit

LadyMilfordHaven Sun 18-Aug-13 13:09:03

There was a massive twist at the end of apple tree

louloutheshamed Sun 18-Aug-13 21:16:40

Yeah there was. Is kiss me first no good?? I've just bought it too.

LadyMilfordHaven Mon 19-Aug-13 18:15:53

No. Shit.

BabeRuthless Tue 20-Aug-13 07:16:00

I really liked it

LadyMilfordHaven Tue 20-Aug-13 08:29:06

I liked the idea bit couldn't see the point. In the end shed have to stop being the person surely

BabeRuthless Fri 23-Aug-13 11:43:21

In the book the idea is that she'd lessen contact gradually to the point where she wouldn't have to be in contact at all. Impractical but then the narrator wasn't exactly the most worldly wise of people.

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 23-Aug-13 11:55:38

Ooh thanks
I just finished the where'd you go Bernadette Sept's MN book club and am finishing a sad one for RL book club but then will add to kindle as LOVED Gone Girl
and yy agree was ANNOYING at the end.

Feenie Sat 24-Aug-13 18:22:28

Just finished Kiss Me First, I thought it was v good. I agree with you, BabeRuthless - her character was so lacking in emotional intelligence that she wouldn't necessarily have considered practicalities.

katatonic Thu 05-Sep-13 16:42:48

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Stokey Fri 06-Sep-13 15:59:11

I just read One Step Too Far - Tina Serkis, reminiscent of these too but i liked better than Appletree Yard.

GeorginaWorsley Fri 06-Sep-13 23:09:30

Amreading this at the moment and quite enjoying it.
Got the Tina Serkis one on kindle but not read yet

SiouxieSioux Sat 28-Dec-13 22:54:16


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