Friday

Disquiet by Julia Leigh

Disquiet was such a sad and haunting story. It is the story of Olivia, (referred to mostly as "the woman" throughout the book). She has left her abusive husband and takes her two children to her mothers chateau in France. There is also the story of Marcus (Olivia’s brother) and his wife Sophie - they have just returned from the hospital with an infant that was stillborn. The hospital gave them the infant so that they could "get to know her" prior to the burial. I really enjoyed Ms. Leigh’s journalistic style throughout the story. Her sentences and paragraphs were short yet she chose the appropriate words to describe the scenery and emotions without overly doing it. I did feel somewhat unsatisfied throughout the novel. There were certain areas that were not entirely expressed - where you just had to somewhat piece together what was going on. I also did not get very attached to the characters as I felt that they were holding back or kept at a distance. Other than that, the title says it all, tragic, disturbing, but mostly, disquieting.

3 comments:

J. Kaye Oldner said...

I wanted to congratulate you on your first book review in 2009. Too bad it couldn't have been a bit better read for you. Great review though!

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Thanks for the review. Sounds like a sad story.

Robin

Sandra said...

I read this too and found it entertaining (in a ghastly sort of way) but ultimately not entirely satisfying. But I'm not sure why. She's a good writer, I hope others liked it and that she will write more.

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