Saturday 21 April 2012

A Common Loss by Kirsten Tranter

My good friend Girl Booker has already written the perfect review for this book.

So much so, the whole time I was reading 'A Common Loss', I craved a cup of buddha's tear tea! Making a cup of buddha's tear tea quickly became a ritual every time I picked up the book.

All I can add really is my own sense of unease and disquiet.
These feelings built up in me with each reading session.

I didn't really like any of the characters, but their story was compelling. I couldn't help but think that these were the grown-up players from Donna Tartt's 'A Secret History' come back to haunt. Characters full of moral ambiguity, youthful arrogance and misplaced loyalties.

I would like to go back and read Tranter's debut novel 'The Legacy' now.



  1. I loved reading this review (and not just because it mentions me in it!). "disquiet" is the perfect word, and it is so interesting how Tranter manages to get that uneasiness working alongside a sense of gentle beauty, isn't it?

  2. Hmmmm, yes, I never thought I would find Las Vegas and gentle beauty sitting side by side...but in this they do thanks to the skill of Tranter.


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