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Sunday, April 12, 2020

After She Wrote Him by Sulari Gentill Poisoned Pen Press

This is a very clever and well-written book which explores the relationships between authors and their characters, and it is also an unusual murder mystery. It concerns writers writing about each other, so there is quite a distance between the reader and the characters until later in the story. Sulari Gentill has written an unusual and experimental book which manages to be intriguing as well.

Madeleine, married to a country doctor, struggles to escape from her dull but middle-class life, and write a new novel. Her crime series has become tiring. In the process, however, she starts to see her sometimes unlikeable husband with new eyes, and fall in love with her character Edward, holding converstions with him in her head about the book.  It is easy to see why. Handsome, wealthy and sensitive Edward treats her with much more sympathy and respect, although he is disdainful about crime writers.

Edward, a writer of intellectual novels, also writes about Madeleine, but he finds himself with little time on his hands as he becomes involved in a murder mystery, and he tries to separate his true love Willow from her nasty husband.  He also holds conversations with Madeleine, discussing their writing and their exploration of characters.

My problem with the novel was the ending. Although a big dramatic shock and quite brilliant, I found it disappointing. However, I won't say anymore about that, for fear of giving it away.

I am looking forward to reading more books by Sulari Gentill.

I received this free ebook from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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