I picked up this brilliant book from one of the local charity shops last Friday. It has joined an elite band of books that I considered to be truly 'un-put-down-able'. You know the ones - books that you don't want to stop reading, but you never want to end. For 36 hours I cooked with one hand, ate with one hand and completely ignored my husband!
If you haven't read it, the basic story is a 'coming of age' tale about an 11 year old girl in California. Julia has friendship issues, worries about her parents' relationships, deals with bullying at the bus stop and so on. It's the backdrop to the story that makes it so gripping.... At the beginning of the novel we learn that the rotation of the earth has started to slow. No one knows who and no one knows how to deal with situation. As the days and nights stretch, gravity changes and ecological disasters unfold, it's all narrated through the filter of Julia's own view of the world. Gripping stuff!
Other books in my 'un-put-down-able' list are
~ Gone with the Wind (I lost several days to that book when I was a teenager!)
~ The Wine of Angels (the first in the Phil Rickman 'Merrily Watkins' series)
~ The Bronze Horsemen (Paullina Simmons)
~ The House on the Strand (the best Daphne Du Maurier.. but only in my opinion!)
There were others that were great at the time, the Da Vinci Code and The Rectors Wife for example, but lost their impact when their authors started to write more in the same vein and formula.
Have you got books that have hijacked your days?