Big secrets are kept in this small British suburbia, where the neighbors all know each other‘s business. So when one woman disappears, speculation runs rampant. Two children and best friends, Grace and Tilly, lead the investigation. I thought the voices and world building of the neighborhood were strong and well defined, with light touches of humor to cut through the disturbing undertones.
I should have DNFed this but just as I was about to drop it, a little thing happened that made me want to keep going. Should have trusted my gut. The ending was rather anti-climactic, I had a hard time keeping the cast of characters straight due to the switching narration and the high number products and slang I didn‘t understand (because of 1970s Britishisms) was distracting.
Another month gone! Man, time flies when you‘re neglecting your TBR. Time for #MarchTBR, I suppose... I‘ve got lots left over from last month - including five in-progress that I‘m hell-bent on finishing this upcoming week. New to the stack are The River of Darkness, my #GirlyBookClub book and four new pulls from the stacks in my never-ending quest to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.
Because a woman disappears in 1976, her neighbors are forced to think back on the 1967 events that led to the disappearance. When I realized how integral to plot the protagonist's search for God was, I was tempted to DNR this, but ultimately decided that the voice delivered by Cannon made the book worth reading. The voice is stupid good.
A deeply moving inside look at life in 1970‘s Suburbia, with a genuinely gripping mystery at it‘s centre. Impeccably clever writing, mixed with shockingly real characters leaves you thinking about Joanna Cannon‘s created universe long after the final page.
"...and an old newspaper, which turned over and over on the concrete, as a breeze read through its pages."
The secrets on The Avenue were what kept me reading this book. Grace and Tilly, the children, were likeable but all the adults had something to hide and I like how secrets were revealed as I kept reading. I seem to be doing a good job of picking books that have interesting character studies going on lately and I think this book could have given more actually. My colleague recommended the author‘s next book too, so that‘ll go on my tbr list!
Starting on this today. I‘ve been having trouble sleeping lately (we moved house last week, so have been stressed by that) and keep being awake in the middle of the night, so am aiming to stay up late so I can be too tired to be awake later on! I‘ve heard LOTS of good things about this book, so am hoping I agree!
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I should have read this one on paper instead of listening to the audio book - it jumps between characters and times, and it w really hard to keep the timeline straight and I kept getting characters confused. It's a shame, because it's a charming book with beautiful writing about a group of people in a council estate in Northern England in the 1970s. There are a lot of mysteries in the community, and it feels like a mystery novel, but it isn't.
An amusing and enjoyable story of hidden secrets and community life set in Britain the 70s. I sped through this story of two 10 year olds solving a neighbour‘s disappearance. I‘ll be giving “The Trouble with Goats and Sheep” 4 stars.
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Hmm. I finished it but don't feel anything much towards it. A few pieces stick in my mind but wouldn't be in a rush to recommend :/
I'm reading this for a new group I've joined (and want to mske a good first impression! ).
30 pages in and not enjoying it at all. Neither the writing or story...
Does it get better????
Finishing this off in the winter sun - beautiful 😊
This is the tale of a neighbourhood in 1970s England. A woman has disappeared and ten year olds Grace and Tilly are determined to save everyone else by finding God in their street. While looking for God they visit each of their neighbours, and through child eyes we learn each is more than they seem to be. ⬇️
I was lured away from my TBR #cheatingonmyTBR by the way @SavidgeReads rhapsodised about this book.
I‘m already very glad. “Early widowhood had forced her to weave a life from other people‘s remnants and she had baked and minded and knitted herself into a glow of indispensability” 🙌🙌
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the 10 year Gracie and all the angst and humour she brought to the story. It‘s a mystery but unconventionally so, it‘s more an unraveling of what transpired on this ‘avenue‘ to understand why everyone feels and acts the way they do
Sometimes you love a book from the first page
Have read this one in two days. An intriguing read.
~ " For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you. " ~
This verse simply states that he who judges will himself be judged. ~ Matthew 7 : 2
I wasn't really sure what I expected from this one, but it was an enjoyable read and a great little story with a good mix of characters. For me, it was just lacking something and I was a little bit underwhelmed by the ending. Saying that, it was a solid 3.5/5 and I would definitely recommend for a light holiday read.
When Mrs. Creasy goes missing from her quiet neighborhood, 10 year olds, Grace and Tully set out to discover what really happened. Told mostly through their eyes, you watch long held neighborhood and family secrets start to unravel. Charming read, with some depth to it.
This book was only okay for me, I couldn‘t really connect with any of the characters and there were to many side stories that I either didn‘t care about or that were dealt with too short... and I was annoyed with many things and actions by the characters. If the book shows one thing it is how harmful human ignorance and prejudice can be...
latenight trainride, luckily I found a seat in this crowded train... which means: reading time😍
Also yay for being able to post again🧡
Waiting at the airport in Paris for my flight back home with a new book :)
Lille and Bruges were beautiful! 😍
👍🏾👍🏾 I really enjoyed this vivid portrait of quirky neighbors. It‘s all about human foibles and vulnerabilities that we try to keep under wraps. I will miss the characters, even though some of the attitudes & behaviors are maddening. It has a nice balance of humor, philosophy of religion, social commentary, and of course the mystery.
I read Three Things About Elsie by this author a while back, but have not yet read her first book. So I decided this will be my next conquest. Can't wait to get stuck into this one.
I really liked this story and the 1960/70's setting. Seeing an adult drama from the point of view of children gave this an interesting twist. The characters are intriguing and well-shaped. Overall there are some brilliant quotes and I took the different people, different perspectives. I wonder how this would read if set in 2018 and whether perspectives would be different?
"I don't think that's the point, Gracie. I think the point is, everyone's allowed to think different things."
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