Book Review: Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

Apple Tree YardWhat’s it about?BBC 2014

Yvonne Carmichael has worked hard to achieve the life she always wanted: a high-flying career in genetics, a beautiful home, a good relationship with her husband and their two grown-up children.

Then one day she meets a stranger at the Houses of Parliament and, in the dark, secret corners of London, begins an impulsive and passionate affair with him-a decision that will put everything she values at risk. At first she believes she can keep the relationship separate from the rest of her life, but a life-changing act of violence sends Yvonne’s carefully crafted plans into a downward spiral of deceit, betrayal, and murder.

My thoughts

I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages and have only just got round it and now I wish I’d read it sooner.

At the start of the novel, it feels very much like the end as we seem to be in the midst of a court case but without any details. All is revealed as the time line flips back and forth between the court case and the events which lead up to it.

One of the first things I noticed is that no names are mentioned until the end of the book, Yvonne’s lover being only referred to as X until almost the end of the book. I found X/Liam to be quite manipulative of Yvonne but she was only too happy to be swept along with the excitement of it all; albeit completely oblivious to the consequences.

Told in the first person from Yvonne’s point of view what starts as a chance encounter leads to a passionate affair with devastating consequences. Yvonne comes across as quite normal, relatable, a highly respected scientist who later finds herself jointly accused of a joint enterprise crime. I loved all the legal stuff, and all the court room drama – it’s pretty tense stuff and what seems to be a good insight into criminal proceedings.

Although the pace is quite slow, it’s the kind of book that still has the abilty to make you keep reading and with an ending that came totally out of the blue for me…didn’t see that coming! Just goes to show you never know what goes on behind closed doors…or even outside them!

Overall, a really well written, highly charged story of deceit, infidelity and their consequences. I loved it! 🙂

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