Today’s second team review is from Judith, she blogs at http://judithbarrowblog.com/
Judith has been reading Bedsit Three by Sally Jenkins
I really enjoyed this novel, it’s a good psychological thriller that steadily builds in tension until the end.
Sally Jenkins’ style of writing is easy to read without being cosy. Her words take the reader steadily through the plot without revealing too much, yet there is also subtle foreshadowing. .
The main characters are well portrayed: the single mother, Sandra, with a young daughter, the new occupant of bedsit three, Ian, a middle class, unemployed man, separated from his wife and son, desperate to be reunited with them. And then there is the former resident of bedsit three; the mentally disturbed Ignatius Smith, evicted and living nearby in his car. The author gradually reveals the actions and thought processes of each of these people. And I liked how the two”off the scene” characters associated with Ignatius Smith were revealed.. And, no, I won’t say any more about that!
My only disappointment in the whole of this book was with the dialogue. Sometimes, with all of the characters, I thought the dialogue was stilted (perhaps a little contrived?) and didn’t fit their portrayed personalities. Every now a then a section of speech felt as though it was there, not so much for exposition, but for explanation to the reader. Hmm, does that make sense? .
The main setting is Vesey Villas, an old house separated into cramped bedsits. The descriptions of the building are evocative and gives a good sense of place; of seedy, uncared-for rooms. In fact each setting that the characters move around in is well depicted
Bedsit Three has a good, progressive plot, the story is equally shared between the three main characters and was gripping enough to keep me reading almost in one session. Personally I was a little disappointed with the ending. But this wasn’t because of the writing or the way the plot evolved; it was because I wanted a different ending. I need to stress this was purely personal and gives credit to the writing of Sally Jenkins. So ignore what I’ve just written. You could always find out what I mean by buying this great book.
Bedsit Three is for anyone who enjoys a well written contemporary psychological thriller.