I received a copy of this book by the publisher via BookBridgr in exchange for an honest review.
Always let the meat rest under foil for at least ten minutes before carving… Meet Lizzie Prain. Ordinary housewife. Fifty-something. Lives in a cottage in the woods, with her dog Rita. Likes cooking, avoids the neighbours. Runs a little business making cakes. No one has seen Lizzie’s husband, Jacob, for a few days. That’s because last Monday, on impulse, Lizzie caved in the back of his head with a spade. And if she’s going to embark on the new life she feels she deserves after thirty years in Jacob’s shadow, she needs to dispose of his body. Her method appeals to all her practical instincts, though it’s not for the faint-hearted. Will Lizzie have the strength to follow it through? Dark, funny and achingly human,Season to Taste is a deliciously subversive treat. In the shape of Lizzie Prain, Natalie Young has created one of the most remarkable heroines in recent fiction.
Let me just start off by saying this book is not for the faint hearted, nor should you read it on a full stomach. Natalie Young’s descriptive writing is so well written that on more than one occasion I almost gagged whilst reading this book. To me this just show’s how much of an amazing writer she is because if a book can touch me that deeply then she must be doing something right. The main character Lizzie seems somewhat disconnected throughout the book from what she’s done to her husband. After his death she seems to be constantly in a daze and as such it can be somewhat hard to keep up with her. The flashbacks in the book show that Lizzie was in an unhappy marriage filled with cracks. I personally found it slightly confusing trying to keep up with the flashbacks because of the fact Lizzie could be in a pub and suddenly she’s having a flashback but there is no obvious indication as to weather this is a flashback or not. I loved the fact that Young incorporates a “instruction manual” throughout the chapters in the book because i felt like it added another layer of depth to the story and the characters and helped the readers better understand what Lizzie was going through. I felt that overall this book was a bit flat after the shock of the dismemberment of Lizzie’s husband it felt to me as though nothing else really happened, it didn’t get my heart racing or grip me and make me want to find out what happened next.
I am giving away my copy of Season to Taste by Natalie Young.
This is a UK giveaway.
This giveaway ends 4/8/2014