Today we have a review from team member Vanessa, she blogs at http://www.vanessawesterwriter.blogspot.com
Vanessa chose to read and review The Night Porter by Mark Barry
What a different kind of book this was! Based on a “Night Porter” whose perspective on life is about to change radically by the arrival of four authors nominated for prestigious writing awards.
Amy – bestselling author of romantic fiction.
Frank – author of highly acclaimed thrillers.
Jo – young exciting writer of YA.
And last, but not least, Frank – self-published (practically unknown) writer of contemporary fiction.
I have to admit that at first I found this difficult to get into. I personally don’t drink (rarely ever) or smoke and the constant mention of alcohol and smoking put me off. This is a personal dislike of course. It did help to set the tone for these characters and I think this was why I did not like them much at first. BUT, as you read on you start to understand that there is a lot more going on behind the scenes.
This is not just about an award ceremony! Truthfully, I had no idea what was coming and I will give no spoilers.
These are the thing you have to bear in mind…
Who is paying for Frank to stay at the hotel? Apparently, everyone hates him and what he represents.
Why does Amy come across so broken? She is a huge author about to perhaps win a major award after all.
Is Jo as nice as she seems?
Are Frank and Amy having an affair in the dark of the night?
So many questions. Read it for the answers.
I did NOT see the ending coming and because of this I loved it, even though at first it was not for me. I have to say that the turning point was the major bust-up in the bar – what a fantastic description! I was glued to the book after that.
I have to admit that having attended the IOW Literary Festival last year and given a talk as a self-published local author, I know the feeling of not stacking up against the big boys! Ha ha…
I read it in paperback and the use of footnotes threw me off a lot at first, but once I got used to them it was okay.
*I received this book via Rosie’s Book Review Team for an honest review*