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Apple Tree Yard (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Louise Doughty
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'Once you start reading you can't stop. Terrific.' --Helen Dunmore

'There can't be a woman alive who hasn't once realised, in a moment of panic, that she's in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong man. Louise Doughty, more sure-footed with each novel, leads her unnerved reader into dark territory. A compelling and bravely written book.' --Hilary Mantel

'Read until 2am to finish it. Once you start, you just have to keep reading to find out.' --Emma Brockes

Présentation de l'éditeur

The bestselling psychological thriller from Louise Doughty

Shortlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger for Best Thriller and the Specsavers National Book Awards Crime & Thriller of the Year

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage.

But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair.

Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first.

But she can't control what happens next.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 818 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 358 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0571297889
  • Editeur : Faber & Faber Fiction (6 juin 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°43.318 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 interesting but too many details 24 février 2015
Par Tiam
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I liked the story of an independent woman who ends up being trapped in a judicial affair.
I feel there are too many details about her meetings with her lover and the judiciary proceedings
I liked the way her marriage and family history were slowly revealed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fish-hook, Line and Sinker! 26 juillet 2013
Par Lady Fancifull - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This was a superb piece of writing; an edge of the seat courtroom drama with twists and turns of back-story, believable and necessary blind alleys and secrecy, and lots of dark undercurrents about relationships between the sexes, the casual violence and patronisation even other women can offer to each other.

There is little which can be usefully laid out in a review without spoiling the reader's journey. All I will say is that it took quite a long time for me to really realise why the central character was in that court as a defendant in a murder trial. None of Doughty's journey red-herrings were at all spurious, and the various shocks she offers are absolutely tight, believable and coherent.

Several reviewers have compared her grasp of believable psychological twisting of the reader, unfurling of character and plot, to Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell in darker, more disturbing psychological mode) For once, such an admiring comparison is accurate.

I've been disappointed recently in several sub-psychological crime/thrillers, but recommend this highly. Doughty does not manipulate any of her characters in an unbelievable way.

As long as you accept the premise that the madness of love and lust can strike any of us and make us go places which are surprising, all the rest follows

I like the elegant structure of the book which in the major sections, connects to the work of the central character, a geneticist, and how what is hidden, twisted, subterranean in the journey of the novel echoes that double helix.

This is a perfect summer (or winter holiday) read, but also leaves you thinking.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfect psychological thriller to start 2014 3 janvier 2014
Par Nitty's Mom - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
I cannot think of a better way to start 2014. Louise Doughty nailed it perfectly with her flawless prose, superb character development and her original storyline. Apple Tree Yard delivers a literary thriller, psychologically nuanced with a compelling courtroom drama all expertly combined to make for a page-turning journey.

In the prologue we learn that Yvonne's (Y ) and her lover (X) are on trial. and their fates will be determined in the dock of Old Bailey in London We initially are not aware of what the charges are against them. This we learn as Yvonne begins the twisting and winding course that has brought her to this crossroads.

Yvonne Carmichael is 52 year old Geneticist at the top of her game. She is happily married and has two grown children. While she has lived through heart-break she is in control of her life. That is until her chance meeting with a charismatic and secretive man in the House of Parliament, turns into a precarious affair. As Yvonne tells her lover in this cautionary tale, this can happen to anyone.

"I need you to know this was not normal for me, and if you
had tried a year before or a year later, or simply when I was
in a different mood, it would never have happened. You caught
me at the precise moment I was ripe for it."

Unfortunately, the affair leaves Yvonne vulnerable to receiving justice for an act of violence that is not her fault. Yvonne's story is cleverly told in the first person narrative, as if she is speaking to her lover. Very similar to the novel "sister" which was told in the form of an open letter.

I cannot imagine anyone not liking this novel. Perhaps the difference between a 4 or 5 star review depends on how you feel about Yvonne. Yvonne is an intelligent woman with very human traits. Perhaps because it is written so believably in the first person, you can feel exactly what she is going through. While Yvonne makes some questionable judgment choices, she makes us understand why and how easy it can be to break our own moral codes in the face of temptation. Regardless of the ill-advised circumstances that unfold throughout this story nothing is ever black and white. A page-turner that will keep you at the edge of your seat.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Dark Psychological Mystery 21 décembre 2013
Par weathered1 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
What makes this an effective mystery, in my view, is that it is delivered to the reader by a clever device: it’s as though Yvonne is telling the story and her background to her lover. In that way, information is revealed in drips and drabs, she drops hints about pertinent events in her past that she’ll get around to talking about later, and the timeline jumps all over the place for most of the story. I think this was a smart decision on the author’s part because the reader is constantly wondering what’s going on, what is the nature of the criminal act with which Yvonne and her lover have been charged, how they went from embarking on a risky affair to being on trial, and of course, how it’s all going to end.

When you’re reading this, you feel compelled to keep turning the pages to find out the answers to all of those questions. The journey on which Louise Doughty takes her readers is one filled with darkness, yearning, infidelity, love (or obsession) at first sight, betrayals, revenge, and violence. It offers a peek into the mind of a middle-aged wife and mother as she makes the choice to have an affair, why she believes she made that choice, and its repercussions. It also eventually becomes a very interesting study of a court case, as we’re given the chance to see the ins and outs of the trial- the prosecution’s strategy, the problems that come with having two defendants each having their own representation, stall tactics, and a fair amount of surprise testimony.

There are a lot of twists (most of which are actually intriguing) throughout this story, up to the very end, and I give the author a lot of credit for writing a mystery with the power to truly keep readers guessing, because that is quite a feat in today’s day and age.

As much I thought the overall mystery and the relaying of most of the information was well-done, I had a rather big problem with a major component of the book, i.e. the characters. I just didn’t like any of them. There were times when I could feel some sympathy for one or two of them, but by and large, I found them to be incredibly self-centered and cold individuals who did terrible things. That issue originates largely from a decided lack of character development for everyone, and that is most apparent with Yvonne. She goes through a number of life-altering events over the course of the story, and she doesn’t learn a thing, she just winds up seeming obsessed and weak, and for such a bright woman, she makes umpteen terrible decisions and overlooks so many obvious red flags along the way that I found myself questioning her intellect at several points.

That, for me, was the most significant flaw in an otherwise well-crafted story. All in all, yes, the book has its problems, but I think its positive attributes outweigh them. This is a truly engrossing read that I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys a well-crafted mystery.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Doesn't quite deliver 12 février 2014
Par Julia Flyte - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This is a page turner of a book that has some very unexpected twists, so I'll keep my description vague. Yvonne Carmichael is a successful geneticist who has been married for many years. One day she meets a stranger and impulsively begins an affair with him. Soon she becomes obsessed with her lover, despite the fact that they are both married and he is highly secretive. When something unexpected and shocking occurs in her life, the stakes will rise and events will spiral out of her control.

I liked the book but it didn't hang together for me. For starters, I didn't buy into the relationship between Yvonne and her lover. (The book is written as if she is talking to him, so we don't discover his name until very late in the piece. She even addresses a text to him as "Dear You" which struck me as ridiculous - given that we will find out his name eventually, why be so mysterious about it?) He was so obviously a serial adulterer who was taking advantage of her, and it infuriated me that she couldn't see that or if she could, that she didn't care. Nor did I believe that he would do the things that he does later in the book, given the nature of their relationship.

Another structural issue was the prologue, which adds little to the book other than giving away something which would otherwise be a source of suspense and tension. The ending is also dragged out - almost everything is resolved, so it's obvious that there is going to be one final reveal, and there is really only one thing that it could be.

This is a gripping story and the novel holds your attention, but ultimately it doesn't deliver quite as much as it promises too.
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 thought provoking, intelligent page turner 7 février 2014
Par booksandbliss - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
I couldn't put this book down.

This is a mystery but it is not purely about plot and action and twists and turns. There is that, but I don't think the premise of the story is all that original nor is the murder the central point of the book. This is not Gone Girl or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. There is courtroom drama and you want to know why the woman is being tried for murder and what the verdict is going to be, but what appealed to me was that it was in equal or greater part a psychological study of a woman at midlife who is trying to find connection, intimacy, and some sense of satisfaction in her life.

Yvonne is 52 and a successful academic, a wife in a long-term marriage, and the mother of two grown children, one of whom has bipolar disorder and with whom she has a tenuous relationship. She is one half of a dual career couple who had taken on the lion's share of child-raising and housework. She has chosen to stay in a marriage despite the hurt she has experienced and the fact that she and her husband have not made love in years. She is someone who has noticed the changes in her body and the changes in her sense of self and purpose once her children have grown. It is at this juncture in her life that she makes that split second decision to follow a stranger into the basement of a chapel to have sex with him.

I found Yvonne's voice - which is addressed to "you," her lover, throughout the book - to be intelligent, honest, intimate, and engaging, and this is what pulled me in. It was like being in a long, intimate conversation with a close girlfriend.

She makes bad choices and yet somehow I was sympathetic toward her. She is flawed and she knows it. Despite being highly educated and successful she shows vulnerability and fear. I saw myself in her in many parts, and I saw my women friends as well.

I also found the pacing effective. Yvonne tells her story in retrospect so here and there are expressions like, "Later I will realize how differently things would have turned out had I chosen to stay instead of leave" (paraphrase), hinting at what is to come. Some of the details in the last section of the book - the trial - were slightly less interesting for me than the first 2/3 of the book but overall the book sustained my interest from beginning to end, to the very final page, where there is a little bit of a surprise. Honestly it is not always that I am satisfied with the beginning, middle, and end of a book, but for me this book delivered.

A satisfying read that is not chick lit especially for women, for those in mid-life, and for those who enjoy a mystery that is not just about plot and action.
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