This Must Be The PlaceIf you only read one book this year, make it This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell. A captivating gem of a novel that is an engrossing and wonderful read.

The story set mainly but not exclusively in the present day crosses time zones and continents to reveal an extraordinary portrait of a marriage, a marriage of intense love that when it falls apart your heart breaks for Claudette and Daniel. Although at times I did get a little irritated with Claudette but forgave her as she is basically a complex character who had been hurt many times. Maggie has developed the characters brilliantly that at times you feel they are your friends.

I loved the scenes she depicts in the kitchen and home life in Donegal conveying the warmth and love, there are wonderful descriptions of life in Ireland and I felt I was in Jardin du Luxembourg when Claudette and Daniel met again. This is  masterful storytelling as she effortlessly weaves the complex threads of relationships and loves in what is surely her best novel to date.

Tinder Press/9780755358809/£7.99

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