Something Might Happen Paperback
On a Monday night in October in a small seaside town in Suffolk, a woman is brutally murdered.
There are no obvious suspects, she was not an obvious victim.
She just wasn't, thinks her grieving, bewildered friend Tess, the type to have something happen to her.
Something Might Happen is not a murder mystery. There are clues, false trails, detectives, all the paraphernalia of the whodunnit, but Myerson's concern is with the effect of the murder on an ordinary community and specifically on Tess herself, her husband Mick and her three children.
As the police go about their routine investigation, Tess's world of nappies, school runs and baked beans begins to unravel.
Suddenly nothing is certain, the mundane becomes charged with significance, established relationships begin to crumble and places that once were safe are safe no longer.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/03/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099453529
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Review by dylanwolf
I was persuaded to try this out by the excellent reviews it garnered, but I am afraid I was less than entranced. The story is set in a unnamed sleepy Suffolk seaside town and concerns the sudden brutal murder of a woman on the way home from a PTA meeting. The plot concerns the impact of the crime on the location and in particular the family concerned and that of the murdered woman's friend Tess, who is the narrator. Although the book does not descend into a who done it or a sensationalist page=turner, I got no sense of a real journey. The setting is well done and the characters are well enough developed but I failed to get a real connection with the novel and finished without any sense of satisfaction.
Review by jayne_charles
About two pages in, I realised with a sinking feeling that this is one of those books without speech marks. An increasingly common style gimmick, I agree it's very stark and direct, but it's also very difficult to read, particularly as the dialogue is of the 'warts and all' variety ('I went out'... 'where?'... 'just out'... 'oh'... 'what?'... 'oh'). Working out who is talking, whether it's talk or thought, reported speech etc all took time, and made it slow and troublesome. Plus the fact that the characters include a Lennie and a Lacey, a man and a woman, but not the way round you'd think. As far as the story is concerned, it had me in tears by the end, but it was mainly the bits about the children that got me going. The grisly murder at the beginning left me oddly cold, as we don't really know the victim. Same went for the other adults in the story - they remained largely flat and had little to distinguish them from one another, whilst the children were drawn with tremendous skill.A lot of plot elements felt needless - in the way that horror stories have gratuitous gore, this seemed to introduce gratuitous misery, but you would have to be made of stone not to be moved by it.I would read more by this author but pleeeeease can we have some speech marks. I know the brain can compensate, but just as I could probably do the washing up with a blindfold on, all things being equal I would prefer not to.