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Cracking Crime: Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

A twisted tale of one woman’s illicit relationship and the lines that once crossed are impossible to recover.

About the book

Yvonne Carmichael has worked hard to achieve the life she always wanted: a high-flying career in genetics, a beautiful home, a good relationship with her husband and their two grown-up children.

Then one day she meets a stranger at the Houses of Parliament and, on impulse, begins a passionate affair with him – a decision that will put everything she values at risk.

At first she believes she can keep the relationship separate from the rest of her life, but she can’t control what happens next. All of her careful plans spiral into greater deceit and, eventually, a life-changing act of violence.

It’s Dead Good because…

This chilling courtroom drama will haunt you long after you’ve turned the last page. It’s a book filled with the every-day chance encounters and rash decisions that can make a moment in a person’s life either good or bad with devastating consequences and our ability to rationalise and deceive ourselves.

Details come to light slowly in this beautifully paced novel as you follow Yvonne, a respected scientist, through her trial at the Old Bailey where a new light is thrown on her everyday rash decisions. Gritty and realistic, Doughty feels no need to overembellish Yvonne’s story and therein lies the dark heart of Apple Tree Yard. Judgement is in the eye of the beholder.

It’s also one of the Richard & Judy bookclub picks for 2014! Definitely worth picking this one up from your local bookshop.

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