We read two books for our meeting in May and surprisingly on the whole; alas none of us liked either book.

Laura Marshall grew up in Wiltshire and studied English at the University of Sussex and lives with her family in Kent. Having worked in conference production for nearly twenty years, Laura decided to fulfil her dream of writing a novel. In 2015 she enrolled in the Curtis Brown Creative three-month novel writing course. Her first novel, Friend Request, became a success. In 2018 her second book, Three Little Lies was published.

Three Little Lies is a book about power and lust, but is also about family and friendship! It is also a book about lies and untruths and their consequences and impact a decade later! The reviews of the book claimed it is about all of the previous and yet to the question whether it had invoked any feeling, the group gave a clear “no”, but, as we can always find something derived from a book to debate, we had a healthy discussion about accusations of rape, with special focus on false accusations. With reference to a recent case, the issue of the police seizing the parties’ mobiles and PCs in such cases was up to a fierce debate.
Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and a dog. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist and is an avid fiction reader. She has managed to fit in writing as well a full time job and bringing up her children. Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway! She has written five books and one short story. Her first book was published in 2012. Her third book, The Vanishing Year was published in 2016. “A dark, twisty, edge-of-your-seat suspense. An unforgettable new novel by a rising star of the genre”. Those were the opinions of the critics; the group deemed it modelled and predictable.

Nine books had been put forward as suggestions for next month’s books. We chose The Passengers by John Marrs. Just as self-driving cars have become the trusted, safer norm, eight people find themselves locked into an out-of-control car. They are told they are going to die and via concealed cameras their panic is broadcast to millions of people, with the questions “Which of these people should we save and who should we kill first?”

The second choice was Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist. This is a story about taking chances and learning to love again. Two people, one mourning her husband and the other recovering from a messy divorce, cross paths on the centuries-old Camino de Santiago.

We meet every first Thursday 2pm-4pm in The Social Centre, Camposol B. Everybody is welcome; the only requirement is that you like to read. The next meeting is on Thursday 6th June. You can also follow us on Facebook, if you cannot come to the meetings. Please contact us at creadingg@gmail.com for further information.