I found this title rather different to the previous novels I have read by Sebastian Faulks in that this one is a thriller which initially surprised me.
I thought the characterisation of Mike Engleby was excellent. A student at Cambridge when the action, that he narrates to us takes place, he came across as an intelligent young man who is terribly unstable. He unsettled me and I thought he seemed creepy, with his strange behaviour and stalking of Jennifer. Mike is definitely a social misfit who was not accepted by his contemporaries, although he seems to remain completely unaware of this fact.
Jennifer disappears but as Mike is the storyteller you are never really sure about the facts as he presents them. Has he or has he not something to do with her disappearance?
Sebastian Faulks certainly created a tormented character with his invention of Mike Engleby. I might not have found this a five star read but it will certainly remain in my thoughts for awhile, a chilling not easily forgotten narrative.
I do try not to write reviews with spoilers so without giving away the ending, it left me feeling very uncertain.If you have read this do let me know what you think.
I have posted links from the authors website of the other titles I have read so far by him, most of which I read a long time ago before starting to write my own reviews. I also have his most recent novel on my Wishlist, the paperback is due out next month.
Just click on the book titles or links below to take you to the relevant websites for more information. I think they are all worth reading.
A Week In December On My Wishlist.
Engleby Just finished.
On Green Dolphin Street I read in 2001 before I started writing reviews.
Charlotte Gray My favourite, read in 1999.
Birdsong I read in 2000 before I started writing reviews.
A Fool’s Alphabet I read in 2003 before I started writing reviews.
Finally one must mention Devil May Care of which I had this to say at Bookcrossing.
I have added yet more links below if you want to find out more about this author and his writing.
SEBASTIAN FAULKS was born in 1953. After graduating from Cambridge he became a journalist, and was the first literary editor of the Independent. In 1995 he was Author of the Year at the British Book Awards and in 2003 Birdsong was voted number 13 in the BBC’s Big Read list of the nation’s favourite books. He lives with his wife and three children in London.
I have had to remove the link to Sebastian Faulks official website as it was Random House Group a website I have had a malware warning for this site and it is safer to remove until they sort the issue their site has.