Whoa! I am not at all a reader of mysteries, but I knew my reading companion for this challenge enjoyed them, and since I’ll give any book a go, I agreed to read this book. I am so happy that I shared Rachel’s genre, because I LOVED this novel!
The premise of the book is fairly simple. Through a first person, book within a book narration. we learn about events that occurred ten years previously, when two authors, one our narrator, engage the services of the same typist, and their lives became intricately enmeshed.
Initially, we meet the typist and hear her story and find it wholly believable. Then we hear the second author’s side of the story and his version begins to make us doubt that of the typist. As our narrator, the first author, begins to riffle through the stories in an attempt to bring his readers to a satisfyingly believable ending, the book takes a mind-bendingly radical turn, leaving the reader questioning the mental stability of both the typist and second author and juggling the niggling wonder in your own brain as to whether the truly fantastical third version could possibly be the truth the narrator wants you to end up with in the end.
When my reading buddy, Rachel, posted her review, she said she couldn’t wait for someone else to read the book so that she could discuss it. I totally see now what she meant. For book clubs that like to read international authors and expand their genre list beyond literary fiction, this would be a great selection.