There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book and getting lost in an adventure between the pages. Whether you’re a casual reader or after something to really get stuck into, here’s a roundup of what some of Team ELVI are reading this month…
Rich Girl, Poor Girl – Lesley Lokko
The main story in this book is essentially about the friendship between three girls from very different backgrounds. Each Girl brings her own successes and misfortunes to the story. Karyn, is a very intelligent girl, but due to her unstable family background, she is unable to fulfil her dreams and potential. Nic, the daughter of a wealthy businessman is constantly craving for her father’s attention and is constantly trying to establish herself a success in her own right, separated from her family name. Finally there is Tory, who is trying to be herself while constantly trying to live up to her older sister’s reputation. Despite the different background of these girls, they all appear to have the same character, almost like they are the same girl brought up in different life situations.
Alongside the main story of the lives of these three girls, there is an intriguing back story which further interlinks their lives, by adding twists and turns and drama to the plot. While this book is an easy read, it is a page turner, and you build a connection with the main characters, it is almost like you are reading 3 books at once. This book not a typical chic-flick, but definitely a great read for a day on the Beach, or a rainy day.
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
Laura (Social Media Manager)
‘Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again’… Du Maurier’s Rebecca has a first line that has forever entered into popular culture, and for good reason. The novel beautifully emulates the gothic tradition of the Nineteenth Century to weave an intricate tale of romance, mystery and suspense, and is strikingly similar in parts to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Du Maurier’s nameless heroine is swept off her feet by a dashing older gentleman – a widower – who whisks her away to his brooding Cornwall estate; the afore mentioned Manderley, where the presence of Maxim’s first wife Rebecca still oppressively lingers. Issues of jealousy, betrayal and secrets are explored, and often the power dynamic between the dominant Maxim and the weak second Mrs De’Winter creates uncomfortable yet compelling reading. What is most remarkable about the novel is that the titular Rebecca, arguably one of the most vividly portrayed characters in the book, is never seen and yet her presence pervades every page; she is the spectre of the other woman, the idea of living in the shadow of the past. It is a concept that is no less relevant today. Du Maurier’s poetic language is a delight throughout and the novel’s addictiveness makes it surprisingly quick to read.
The Primrose Path – Rebecca Griffiths
Ammara (Head of E-Commerce)
The girl on the train managed to change my long-term reluctance toward reading thrillers and the Primrose path only contributed to my new love for the genre. The book is engaging from the first page and only makes you want to read more with every page. The combination of characters that win your sympathy instantly such as Sarah and Dai, in comparison to others such as Idris that makes you loathe them with little introduction, contribute to this extremely well-constructed novel. The plot is engaging and keeps you guessing throughout the book. All characters have something to hide and Rachel Griffith’s description of their psyche makes you question who the killer is throughout the entire novel. Her detailed description of Wales contributes to the plot beautifully. With its tendencies of unruly weather tying in perfectly with the twisted thriller.
The thing that transformed my opinion from liking this book to recommending it to everyone looking for a new read was the twist towards the end. Totally unexpected and something you would have never anticipated whilst reading this, really portrays how well thought out the plot really is.