What I'm Reading
An ancient and atmospheric island is the setting for this potentially perfect wedding. The ceremony takes place in a folly and, although the first couple of chapters are introducing the characters and wedding frivolity, there is the promise of secrets, past misdemeanors and impending doom.
There is a dual timeline - the wedding day as it happens and a couple of days before leading up to the main event. Each chapter is told in the first person from different points of view. Informal and readable, as first person narratives are, complete with thoughts and feelings and a confusion over when to use 'me' and 'I'. And bizarrely, each character 'hisses' when they are angry.
There is a tension as the story builds after the first couple of chapters and the expectation that there will be a murder or something serious about to happen. Reminiscent of Agatha Christie, the reader simply knows there will be something and the search is on to work out whodunnit even before the crime has happened. The short choppy chapters work really well.
A great, fast-paced thriller. Recommended.