Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Book Review -- The Vineyard by Michael Hurley


The VineyardThe Vineyard by Michael C. Hurley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

This is a superb read about self-realisation, existentialism and facing life as it comes. Dory, Charlotte and Turner are three ladies who had been friends since their college days. They each are in different circumstances in their lives. Dory invites the other two to spend a summer at Martha's Vineyard. While Dory is at crossroads with her destiny, on the verge of having to take up the reins of her inheritance and family tradition, Charlotte has a very sinister solution to end her disappointments and depressions in life. Planning to end her life once and for all, she turns up at Martha's Vineyard hoping that the place will help her put her plan to effect. Turner, on the other hand, desperately needs an aim, direction and propulsion in her life, clinging on to her blog for sanity. They each happen to encounter the mysterious and enigmatic Enoch, or simply the "fisherman", as he is often referred to, in different ways. The encounter changes them all - in radically different ways.

The book was gripping and thoroughly absorbing. The opening shook me up - with Charlotte and the ashes. The effect continued throughout! The characters' have their own uncanny sense of living. The characterisation is remarkable. Be it Dory's reticence on taking up her family's matters in hand, or Turner's skepticism about how much good a "fisherman" can go, the author's writing brings to life the character's emotions. The book has a refreshingly original plot which is delivered deftly at a brilliant pace - neither dazingly fast nor achingly slow.

I would highly recommend this book to lovers of drama, existentialism and philosophical realism.

My rating for this book: 5 stars

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