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Apple Tree Yard [Format Kindle]

Louise Doughty

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

Yvonne Carmichael has worked hard to achieve the life she always wanted: a high-flying career in genetics, a beautiful home, a good relationship with her husband and their two grown-up children.

Then one day she meets a stranger at the Houses of Parliament and, on impulse, begins a passionate affair with him - a decision that will put everything she values at risk.

At first she believes she can keep the relationship separate from the rest of her life, but she can't control what happens next. All of her careful plans spiral into greater deceit and, eventually, a life-changing act of violence.

Apple Tree Yard is a psychological thriller about one woman's adultery and an insightful examination of the values we live by and the choices we make, from an acclaimed writer at the height of her powers.

'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

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 368 pages
  • Editeur : Faber & Faber Fiction (6 juin 2013)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fish-hook, Line and Sinker! 26 juillet 2013
Par Lady Fancifull - Publié sur
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.
15 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfect psychological thriller to start 2014 3 janvier 2014
Par Nitty's Mom - Publié sur
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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
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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
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.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Phenomenal and compelling 14 février 2014
Par C Wahlman - Publié sur
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Louise Doughty is a writer with several works already in print. After reading her intelligently written Apple Tree Yard, I will be seeking out her past work, and her future work. It is a compelling piece of fiction based on real life occurrences. Doughty observed a court case and interviewed police in order to craft an interesting courtroom/crime drama. But her infusion of introspection and suspenseful storytelling make this a truly original thriller.

Yvonne is a woman on trial for murder. Her mundane life took a wicked turn once she started an affair with a mysterious and seductive man she met randomly one day. How she got from such an innocuous life as a wife, mother and scientist to an adulterous defendant is told through Yvonne. She reflects on the wild twists and turns with the keen and rational eye of a scientist. The work is so cerebral at times, it is difficult to remember this is a thriller!

Doughty speculates on the stories we create for our selves and others. How we perceive our selves and how that is contradicted by the stories formed by others. This contrast of perception is the most intriguing. The mystery aspect of how and why lends so beautifully to this complex story telling style.

There are sections of the book that are difficult to read. Without giving away the plot, I will say it is graphic and unsettling. There are also graphic depictions of sex and violence, which were also unpleasant. Doughty is a gift writer and excellent with imagery, but in these instances I found it too intense. I do understand the necessity though.

Do not let the adjective describing this book as "erotically charged" keep you away. I was hesitant to pick up this book because of that phrase. I was worried it meant soft core porn wrapped loosely in a mystery dust jacket. But Doughty elevates the tragic and trashy aspects of adultery to become a discourse on individuals, honesty, and perception.

I really enjoyed reading this book. This is a wonderful mystery, drama, thriller, work of fiction. I highly recommend it!
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