Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
The Red House, by Mark Haddon
I probably wouldn't have liked this book had I read it instead of listening to it, but the audio version was particularly trying as it was often difficult to tell who was speaking, thinking, acting. The events that occurred in and around the Red House are told from the perspectives of a incompatible group of vacationers: Richard, the physician, and his wife, Louisa, and her step-daughter, Melissa; and Angela, Richard's sister, her husband, Dominic, and their children, Alex, Daisy, and Benji. Oh yes, and the ghost of Angela's stillborn daughter. Benji is sort of a sweet kid, but it's a little difficult to have sympathy for the rest of them as they go about screwing up their own and others' lives.