Pearl doesn't know how she's ended up in the river - the same messy, cacophonous river in the same rain-soaked valley she'd been stuck in for years. Or why, for that matter, she'd been stupid enough to fall down those rickety stairs.
Ada, Pearl's daughter, doesn't know how she's ended up back in the house she left ...more
It's surreal and eerie, a hard and gnawing read at times . The three main characters are weathering their personal storms as well as the constant rain in this place somewhere in rural England It's a quiet story in a way, except for the river. There is an intensity in the thoughts and memories of the characters as well as the rain and the snow storms.
The story begins with Pearl who is trying to get out of the river, as her daughter Ada spreads her ashes . Ada hasn't seen her mother for thirteen y ...more
When I first started reading this the prose was so lovely, almost haunting, dreamlike, it kept me reading, still wasn't sure how I felt about the story. The descriptions of the river that plays a crucial role in this novel, w ...more
The story that the Lucy Wood spins is quite simple.
Ada has come home for the first time in thirteen years with her small daughter, Pepper, in tow. She didn’t really want to come, but her mother has did and it has fallen to her to go throug ...more
I was drawn into the story right from the start, as Ada sprinkles the ashes of Pearl, her mother, into the river near Pearl's former home, as her daughter, Pepper, asks what she's doing. Ada just wants to get the house ready for sale and move on. But there's a lot to be done before that ...more
It is always interesting when you read a book that has been chosen for you as part of a subscription box as the release of this would have probably passed me by and I wouldn't have even considered reading it, despite its' gorgeous cover
But it has been a fascinating and evocative read about 3 generations of women and their connection to a run-down house in the middle of the woods, cut off from the real ...more
Everything and everyone is damp, soaked, drenched, freezing cold, from Pearl, who fell into the river, to Ada and Pepper in their attempts to do up the house and keep the water out.
I generally like “reading with the seasons”, as I call it, so I didn’t start this until the weather finally turned cold in January, after a very mild November and December. But I ...more
"The noise started up again, a sort of rustling somewhere in the house. She followed it past a closed door, past the stairs, making sure she stood on the carpet’s big flowers rather than the gaps. The hall curved and at the end of it where sto ...more
This is one of those books that sounded really good and I wanted to like.
I really did, but I ended up having a hard time finishing.
There is no real plot point to the story and it seems like it is all over the place, which for me was hard to focus on. Not only that there was no real story to it really. This book was not plot driven at all.
I did however enjoy the characters, they were enjoyable and did actually show some growth throughout the book.
The writing was good if you don’t mind a book
Pearl had a child late in life, that child Ada, grew up without a father when he suddenly left them behind when Ada was just a baby. That Child Ada, also grew up to have a fatherless child. Pepper is sensitive and seems to have a problemat ...more
I don't usually include books I ...more
I adored the bleak, remote landscape and setting, and the characterisation of nature which permeates throughout.
With just a hint of earthy magic realism this is an incredibly atmospheric novel which will appeal to those who enjoyed Eowyn Ivey's "The Snow Child", or indeed anyone who has ever inhaled deeply to REALLY smell the wet earth or a boggy riverbank.
The house is central to the story, a character in itself and one that starts off being a burden and slowly b ...more
And as the daughter of a single mother the relationships in this book are almost painfully accurate.
I thought this was a brilliant book. I loved the complex relationship between Pearl and her daughter Ada which is mirrored in the relationship between Ada and her daughter Pepper. This is explored really well.
The novel moves back and forth from the present with Pepper and Ada living in the house after Pearl has died and the past when Pepper lived in the house with her mother. It took a few chapters to get used this as there is no indication of date so it ...more
The subject matter is nothing extraordinary: it is the story of a house and the three females (three generations of the same family) who are connected to it. The magic is in the way that the various threads of the story intertwine and are revealed as the novel progresses. There is also an intriguing take on th ...more