Friday, August 27, 2010

Engleby by Sebastian Faulks


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.

Sebastian Faulks

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.

Human Traces                  My Review

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.

Sebastian Faulks Wikipedia Info.

Lovereading - Sebastian Faulks

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.



  1. I have only read Charlotte Grey which I kind of enjoyed, and kind of didn't! Looking forward to hearing what you think of Lewycka's book.

  2. Thanks for the review! I must say I'm not the biggest fan of Faulks...

  3. Saretta and Talli - I understand what you both mean because I find that although I enjoy his work, I find they are not the easiest of reads. I like the fact they make me work to understand them.
    Saretta - I have only read about fifty pages,so far finding it amusing :)

  4. this is a really bad review

    1. I am sorry you feel this way, hopefully my reviews have improved since I wrote this. Writing them does not come easily to me but I enjoy doing so. I would be interested to know what in particular you feel is so bad about the review?


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