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Anyone read Apple Tree Yard?

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Scarletohello Sat 15-Mar-14 23:45:41

Apologies if there has already been another thread about this but I just finished it today and I was blown away by it. It was one of those books that made me think how does this writer know all this stuff? It was so insightful and accurate and empathetic. Just wow really! Made me want to write a book as good as this ( but I guess that's the skill of a really good writer, to make it look easy and effortless and like it really happened..)

Any thoughts?

BaconAndAvocado Sun 28-Jun-15 20:49:08

I was very underwhelmed by the book. I've read much better psychological thrillers.

tormentil Sun 28-Jun-15 09:09:24

Half way through and wondering what all the enthusiastic hype on the cover was about. Maybe it's my age, but I think that it is formulaic and badly written.

runoutofideasagain Sun 02-Nov-14 17:41:37

I've just finished it and am a bit conflicted about the whole thing. I read the book within 48 hours as I couldn't put it down, however I hated the characters. It made me question my own reaction to the rape scene as my initial thought was "stupid woman deserved that" which is not a thought which I would normally entertain at all. I found her self centred and self-pitying to a hugely irritating degree. Yet bizarrely I had to keep reading....

hollyisalovelyname Sat 25-Oct-14 14:15:10

Ah.. I've just come to that chapter in the book

hackmum Mon 20-Oct-14 09:05:10

I thought it was a great read, and had a very powerful message about the way women are disbelieved in rape cases.

BaconAndAvocado Sun 19-Oct-14 21:43:08

I thought it was ok.

A bit of a storm in a teacup.

Scarletohello Wed 15-Oct-14 20:37:18

It's got some good twists in it. Persevere, it's worth it!

Let us know what you think...

hollyisalovelyname Wed 15-Oct-14 20:32:43

Oops - reading not teading

hollyisalovelyname Wed 15-Oct-14 20:32:24

I'm teading it at the moment. It's so
s l o w.
Hope it gets better.

lurkingfromhome Mon 07-Apr-14 15:19:39

I found it a good holiday read. Good for its genre and it was certainly a page-turner but it wasn't brimming over with great characterisation or offering me very much to think about. Perfect reading for a hungover Sunday curled up under a blanket, though!

MrsDesperado Thu 03-Apr-14 21:27:49

I loved it. I couldn't put it down, I wish I could read it again with fresh eyes. I have started another thread about what to read next as I'm so lost! Some good suggestions there.

NotGoodNotBad Tue 01-Apr-14 21:11:27

Was ok but I don't get the hype.

Acinonyx Tue 01-Apr-14 21:00:55

I really enjoyed it smile

brandnewcombineharvester Tue 01-Apr-14 16:29:04

Glad I'm not the only one who hated it!

Pukkapik Sun 30-Mar-14 23:24:20

I just read it last week - thought it was really boring, no character development, and wondered why I wasted my time on it. Didn't care whether she was guilty or not!
Fortunately the next book I picked up was exactly the opposite - Perfect - by Rachel Joyce. Now that's what I call a Good Read - compelling, moving, lots to think about.

lorettamilan Sat 29-Mar-14 19:28:36

Hi. I loved it overall and have written a short book review on my blog here if you're interested:

mizu Fri 21-Mar-14 16:56:36

I really liked it until it got to the last part and I got bored. Skim read til the end

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Wed 19-Mar-14 21:47:47

I am so with MadamBatShit on this.

MadamBatShit Wed 19-Mar-14 11:33:17

I read it but also did not like it.. more to the point: I did not like Yvonne. She had such a high opinion of herself and is supposed to be so intelligent but then does such stupid things, drove me mad!
The premise was pretty good and I hoped it would be better but it turned into quite a slog, dragged on to the finish.
Loads to talk about though, good for a group read. But I was disappointed.

bubblegoose Wed 19-Mar-14 02:29:45

I thought it was pretty slow and ended up skim reading the second half.

Elsiequadrille Wed 19-Mar-14 02:06:56

I thought it was vaguely ok. I did recommend it to somebody I thought would enjoy it, however, and they were very unimpressed.

It was quite predictable I think. The ending, and 'twist' was quite meh (sorry, I dislike the word 'meh' but can't think of a better one to describe). I'm also not quite convinced that she wouldn't have told all to her lawyer.

RuddyDuck Wed 19-Mar-14 01:48:24

Read it last week, I hated it, thought it was very boring, and didn't live up to the blurb on the back. I had expected better as I'd read a book by her previously (Whatever You Love? or similar title) which I'd enjoyed. This just didn't grab me at all.

Southeastdweller Sun 16-Mar-14 13:03:11

One of the most compelling books I've read for years. Like so many others have said, I found it very hard to put down.

Scarletohello Sun 16-Mar-14 10:38:22

Duchess, thanks for that, just read her web chat. Fascinating!

leelteloo Sun 16-Mar-14 06:42:49

I loved it and couldn't put it down. I immediately down loaded another book by same author; about a mother dealing with the death of her 9 year old daughter. It is so well written that I am in a permanent state of grief lol!!! I love books that make you experience true emotion. (Can't remember title though, too many sleepless nights)

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