Back in 2012 I managed to keep a pretty good record of all the books I read thanks, in part, to playing along with Julie's Month in Numbers. MiN fell by the wayside in 2013 and I'm sad that I have no proper reading log for the year. So I'm going to try and post some book reviews at the end of each month.
The first book of the year was from a batch of 10p novels that I picked up at the library sale last year: Margaret Forster's "Shadow Baby". A strange parallel tale of two baby girls born out of wedlock nearly a century apart who eventually seek out their natural mothers. Back in the late 19th century, life in an orphanage was hard, life with distant relatives harder still and searching for your mother was nigh on impossible. Public records mean that the modern-day birth mother is easier for her daughter to track down, but her fear of discovery and the emotions awakened are just as painful as the earlier mother's. Forster explores the emotions of the four women in great detail as they each tell a part of their (shared) histories. Quite an emotional and thought-provoking start to the year.
I haven't read any of Jo Nesbø's Harry Hole novels since last January so it took me a while to get into the swing of "Phantom" and get to grips with some of the characters' relationships. This was another novel that was told from several viewpoints - including a dead junkie and a mother rat separated from her babies! On top of that there was real-time action interspersed with historical recounts; not the clearest of storylines to follow. Fast paced, slightly confusing with a shock ending!
I'm still on the look-out for the first Harry Hole adventure "The Bat" on the my library shelves - it was translated from the original Norwegian long after the third book in the series!
What are you reading right now? Do you enjoy books with several narrative voices or do you find them confusing? What's the weirdest fictional point of view that you've come across?