The Bed I Made by Lucie Whitehouse
January 4, 2011 10 Comments
The Bed I Made: What it is about
Kate is a translator who moves from London to the Isle of Wight. She has very recently finished her relationship with Richard. So recently, that he doesn’t even know it, and neither has she told him where she went.
She has a good reason to avoid Richard: he is a dangerous man.
The story alternates between life on the Isle of Wight and Kate settling in, while also being quite lonely, and her relationship with Richard, how it started and developed.
For a long time, Kate expects Richard to find her and show up one day, which makes this into a thriller, although the suspense element was not very strong.
The Bed I Made: What I thought
I thought the book was very well written (better than the women’s fiction-cover suggests). The alternating story lines were sometimes a little confusing and too obviously set up by the author to slowly release part of the story.
The story seemed to work towards a climax where Richard would find Kate and something bad would happen. I won’t reveal whether this did in fact happen, but the suspense about it was weak (there were some elements in the story suggesting that something might happen but nothing to put up the hairs on the back of your neck) and it was stretched out during too long a part of the book. In the end, I got a bit impatient about it all.
This is not just a thriller. It is also a story about relationships, about friendships, and about trusting your fellow human beings.
A pleasant read, but not a thrilling thriller.
I got this book: bought it from Tesco’s supermarket
I read this in: English, the original language
Number of pages: 320
First published: 2010
Genre: women’s fiction, thriller