The Yellow Room, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)




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Centred on an English country house and the family that lived there, and alternating between the 1950s and the present day, this is an intriguing and surprising story rich in period detail. A real page-turner.

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A London solicitor finds a photograph inside a guidebook to a stately home in Hampshire amongst her late grandmother’s effects, and proceeds to unearth a family secret. This is a solidly written mystery which is broadly guessable from the clues dropped, but is no less enjoyable for that as it meanders through 1950s Hampshire and an unexpected trip to Kenya during what is described as “the Emergency”. That’s one historical reference I had to google, but no surprises that it involves British colonials behaving badly.I am going to guess that this was self-published; it has an air of the star performer at the local writer’s circle, which is to say that it is technically very competent but there is a tendency to over- use language in places – as though there was a sign on the door :”No nouns admitted unless accompanied by an adjective”. That said, as the novel progressed it gained a momentum and a lightness of touch that I had missed in the earlier stages. The Africa section was particularly well written, and all the way through the characters are introduced without fuss and without holding up the narrative. The author doesn’t tell everything but leaves the reader to join the dots.Altogether an interesting and worthwhile read.

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