Maggie O'Farrell's previous books have always pleased and she continues with Instructions for a Heatwave. O'Farrell writes with humanity, confidence, her light touch on vital matters is truly masterful.
This book, set in the heatwave days of 1976, is about family, relationships, secrets, love, fear - nothing extraordinary, except perhaps the incident at the heart of story, although that is probably more common than we might suppose. But these complex, sad, joyous elements of the ordinary are jewels under O'Farrell's microscope -she sees inside people and writes what she sees in compelling prose.
This is hardly a whodunnit but it is unputdownable. Top marks.
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