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Persephone Week starts

The Persephone Week is up and running! The hosts, Claire at Paperback Reader and Verity at The B Files have already started the show with quizzes. I've attempted both (one with more success than the other) and I've also started reading the Persephone books that I'd kept aside for this week.

I chose to start with The Victorian Chaise Longue by Marghanita Laski for a variety of reasons; it was a gift by my husband and if he sees me wnjoying a book he's bought he's more likely to buy me more (that's my theory anyway, it never hurts to try!), and because the story is a psychological thriller. From the reviews I've read it seems to border on supernatural horror as well, with a fair bit of time travel thrown in. As a life-long fan of Doctor Who, anything to do with time travel is pushed right up on my TBR list.

I've only just started on it and am still in the scene-setting part of it, with all the characters being introduced. Melanie, the protagonist, comes across as a spoilt rich woman who's making suffering from TB into an art form. I do love the way she swans and moans at the doctor and her husband, who are both more than a little enamoured of her. I'm looking forward to getting more into the story and see how Melanie's character develops.

Now that my own little brat is having her nap, I'm going to settle down with this book and a hot cup of tea. Oh yes, I also have to take the phone off the hook and put up a huge "Ring the doorbell at your own risk" sign up on the front door.


verity said...

Sounds good! I hope you enjoy your read in peace and quiet.

Paperback Reader said...

I love your last paragraph! Hee.
I'm looking forward to your thoughts.
Did you email me the quiz answers? Just checking as haven't received anything and don't want you missing out!

Green Road said...

Claire, I just checked my mailbox and the mail never left my outbox for some reason! I will e-mail it to you again.

Book Psmith said...

Let me know if your theory works...I have been trying to figure out ways to get my husband to buy me books outside of birthdays and holidays for years:) Your review on The Victorian Chaise-Lounge is the second I have read, and both have me adding this book to my wish list.

Paperback Reader said...

Hi Swati, just to let you know that I haven't received your email yet and hope there isn't a problem.