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Were physically ok I was definitely engaged and curious about where the story was goingbut then I started to feel frustrated trying to keep track of all of the students and each of their stories and characteristics that the woman taught at a University in a small town She was their creative writing teacher Main students wereNicolas Palmer Merlye E SharrattKaren Steven Tim Richard Plus we meet the head of the department Christian Scaife Who assigns himself as her mentor and many other staff members Mina and PatrickSimon Peters Michael Lynchplus another dozen charactersWe knew the woman was on edgestill fearful from the attack She loved her toddler little boy Sammy We think she cares for her partner Mark the man she lived with in London but I wasn t sure Mark stayed back in London he had his teaching jobwhile the the woman took a job further away She and Mark worked out an arrangement He came to visit on weekends and visited his little son Sammy It doesn t take long to figure out that one of the students had something to do with the sexual assault that happened to the woman a few ears back before she came to teach at this university But there is still much mystery I found this book in parts GOOD A Short History of Ireland, 1500-2000 yet disjointed with loose ends that never went anywherewith a boggled down feeling from too many students to keep track of Jo Baker does write beautiful sentences and engage our thoughts I apologize I just felt a little confused at timesMaybe other readers won t Little things made me laugh about the University rules Students could declare if they had mental issues or not For the students who did aellow sticker was attached to their file However no teacher was allowed to find out any specifics about their students issues Around 40% of the creative writing students did declare having a mental health issue One particular student wrote heavy dark stories about grief and self destruction It s creepy enough that I didn t know what to make of him Or what he s up toToo hard to write without spoilers I do like Jo Baker s work but this was a mixed bag Be clear I DID ENJOY much of it the unlikable flawed characters tooAt the same time it s a book of only around 3 stars for meMuch thanks to Knopf Publishing and Jo Baker I was disappointed when my ARC of this book was denied and was eager to read it when I found it at my local library It was an engrossing read and I loved the format of chapters mixed with testimonials etc The books description talks of the main character needing to stop life imitating art However I feel this is misleading as it was the other way around the events came first and then the art which wasn t as exciting for me I found the ending climax to be pretty predictable however I was hooked so it did the job Despite not fitting neatly into the mysterythriller genre The Body Lies is one of the most tense terrifying things I ve ever read It follows an unnamed narrator a
normally irritating overused convention which is employed here with actual purpose who takes up a teaching position somewhere in irritating overused convention which is employed here with actual purpose who takes up a teaching position somewhere in north of England following a violent assault in London While at the university she awkwardly attempts to mediate heated discussions on gender politics in her MA writing course while receiving increasingly disturbing submissions from one of her studentsThe Body Lies has a meta element that s almost tongue in cheek one of her students criticizes another for writing a detective novel which opens with the discovery of a dead girl while Baker s novel also opens with a dead female body But this book is a series of subverted tropes of self conscious commentary on these common taken for granted elements that comprise so many thrillers It s a razor sharp commentary and a compelling story all in one What also sets it apart from the genre is that the identity of the dead girl never really feels like the point For the first time probably ever reading a thriller I cared less about the mystery and about the safety and the sanity of the protagonist whose experiences as a woman in academia are all chillingly relatable This book isn t the type of terrifying where there s a serial killer lurking in the corner it s the sort of terrifying that hones in on the disturbing oddly normalized commonalities of womanhood that are too easily accepted I raced through this not because I was intent on getting to the bottom of the mystery but because of the increasing sense of crushing dread that I couldn t escape every time I attempted to step away from this book If I have to nitpick I d say the ending was let down by a too long resolution which insisted on wrapping up every minor subplot in a neat bow which is probably my least favorite way to end a novel but I loved everything else about this and I think it s one of the smartest most unsettling things I ve read in a long time that I d encourage literary readers and genre readers alike to pick up I was hooked on this book from page one sinking into it like a knife into butter The premise is galvanizing a thirty something woman takes a
POSITION AS A CREATIVE WRITING PROFESSOR as a creative writing professor the rural English countryside on the heels of a violent assault She is assigned six students including the immensely talented and mercurial Nicholas Baker whose work he claim. Ers from his novel that blur the lines between fiction and reality the professor recognises herself as a main character in his book and he has written her a horrible fateWill she be able to stop life imitating art before it's too lateAt once a breathless cat and mouse game and a layered exploration of violence against women in art The Body Lies is an essential book for our tim. Me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewEdit temporary dnf I m so bored plus there are a ton of other books that I have audio for and that I m interested in Bye for nowMe eats glutenBody ALERT BACTERIA DESTROYYYMe It s just breadBody No IT S BACTERIAAAAAAAAAMe LLLLLLLIAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRR Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram The book is described as suspenseful and thrilling It s notThe story is plodding with not much happening until the end And even that end is unsurprising than excitingOur characters are smug and insufferable and they spend the book doing smug and insufferable things all with an overlay of complete arroganceOur main character has an oddly fatalistic viewpoint Since things are going to happen to her anyway she simply lets things happen Including a very odd sex scene which she hints is rape but maybe not Because it was going to happen anyway and the whole encounter bored herI do think the author has some talent She has a way with words and can definitely impart atmosphere But the plot and characters left me cold By this point I m sure If an Elephant Went to School you re tired of hearing me hem and haw over my inability to enjoy the flashy psychological thrillers being published these days but I think I ve found an excellent compromise Enter the literary crime fiction novel typically it is dark gritty atmospheric and brooding and contains many of the suspenseful and thrilling components I ve previously loved in the twisty new novelset with a relaxed pace The focus isn t on a twist that Morse Code for Radio Amateurs you ll never see coming usually there is either a procedural aspect or an underlying drama that is overlapped with a current event or timely issue Here we have a tiny vein of mystery that is wrapped in the social issue of sexual assault against women and how it affects the typical female s life This format of character study that isn t dependent on a twist that let s face it after being tipped off toou ll DEFINITELY see coming is so thoroughly working for me these days that I ve mostly tossed all other reads aside Why mess with perfection while it lastsThe book takes place in the UK but The Body Lies is so relatable that it could have taken place anywhere I m not sure if it was the way I read the synopsis or a genius move of the publisher s but I felt the story was actually uite different than what the description above insinuates This isn t a bad thing in fact I think it kept the slow burning pace suspenseful while also keeping me in the dark until the ending Again the ending is not some huge unexpected twist that The Ideal Muslim Society you ll never see coming someone should really trademark thates but an emotional conclusion to a compelling buildup that has been meticulously crafted The conclusion wasn t rushed it didn t come out of left field and it
Wasn T Dropped Into The Narrative For t dropped into the narrative for value What a novel concept I know that as a community we thriller consumers have really come to expect the most wild and outlandish conclusions possible for a story but what if the next wave of popular fiction returns to the roots of reliable satisfying stories that stand on their own merit of solid writing and character developmentIf Linux Networking Cookbook you are sensitive to content containing sexual assault there are two scenes in this book that may putou off but I felt both were done in a minimal manner and in good taste Nothing was included in a severely graphic manner or for shock value and both brief portions are vital to the overall plot The author did a fantastic job bringing light to the discussion of how rape and sexual assault can be processed by females in different manners and how the outside world seems to be comfortable hearing that a woman was taken advantage of rather than hearing that she was in a consensual unconventional relationship Honestly I had to sit for a few minutes and process a particular conversation between two of the characters it was profoundly moving and something I think everyone should take a moment to think about Obviously slow burning literary crime fiction isn t everyone s cup of tea and I respect that but if Marcus Garvey you ve been frustrated or in a slump by reading the typical thrillers and feel likeou need a change of pace don t be afraid to pick up The Body Lies or something like it You might find like I did that there is an entire sub genre of books that FRIENDLY ENEMIES you adore but just haven t discoveredet Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy The beginning had me intrigued I loved the
Writing The Beck Is Frozen Into Silence The beck is frozen into silence falls It muffles the road bundles up the houses deepens the meadows turns the river black by contrast It settles along the gray green twigs and branches of the beech wood sifts like sugar to the hard earth below and dusts the Amok young women curled there her skin blue white dark hair tumbled over her face She doesn t say a word she doesn t even shiver now Her breath comes thinly A deer scraping at the snow for roots stops and snuffs the air and scents her and turns to move silently from the place Above the canopy the sky is clear the moon stands full An owl scuds across the meadow drops to kill a vole In the shadow of the beech tree there is stillness not a breath The body lies Aoung woman no name was assaulted while pregnant Luckily the baby and she. Sh start away from the big city and the scene of a violent assault she’s desperate to forget But despite the distractions of a new life and single motherhood her nerves continue to jangle To make matters worse a vicious debate about violence against women inflames the tensions and mounting rivalries in her creative writing groupWhen a troubled student starts sending in chapt. .
The Body Lies starts with the assault of a thirty And a Bottle of Rum year old pregnant unnamed woman and this assault colors her life in the nextears Three Crochet years after she has her baby she takes a job as a professor in rural England university living apart from her partnerhusband Mark seeing him only on holidays and some weekends Immediately the Creative Writing department which should have had two experienced mentors is down to just her and her boss is piling on work constantly With a threeear old toddler to raise way too much work for one person to accomplish and the feeling of loneliness that comes from moving to the country from the city she is always tired always behind always frazzled and always aware that she could be attacked at any time like she was attacked three ears earlier The author chooses not to name our main character so I can only speak of her as she and her Into her masters writing class comes a very troubled oung man Nick According to Nick the story he is writing must adhere to his rules and one of them is that whatever he writes must be true He writes of a oung woman he loved dying his anguish and his time after her death We can see the parallels to his classmates and to his teacher Nick really is writing about what has happened in life although the way he sees things are not the way others see them Nick is obviously obsessed with our main character something the woman does not need especially with her jumpiness from her attack three ears ago Nick pushes himself on the woman she makes decisions that are not wise such as not reporting Nick as disturbed of Nick having crossed a very wrong line and then for not coming to classes There is a claustrophobic feel to the story despite it taking place in the country Her boss is constantly inserting himself into her personal space loading her with massive amounts of work that she isn t even trained to do Nick is ever present in her thoughts even when he s not around and the parts of his story that he sends to her intimately detail what has happened between them although his view of what has happened aren t realityNick is a very troubled man I had such a feeling of dread throughout the book Even when there were moments of friendship or of a possible budding romance after her marriage goes sour there is always a darkness lurking A huge bright spot in the story for me is little three Desire and Deceive year old Sammy I could read a story about Sammy every day Such a cute little one and he seemed so real to me the light in her life and what kept her from giving in to the oppression she felt around her Thankou to KnopfRandom House and Edelweiss for this ARC The Body Lies by Jo Baker was a compelling tense and suspenseful thriller that I enjoyed right from the start When a oung writer accepts a job at a university in the remote countryside it s meant to be a fresh start away from the big city and the scene of a violent assault she s desperate to forget But despite the distractions of a new life and single motherhood her nerves continue to jangle To make matters worse a vicious debate about violence against women inflames the tensions and mounting rivalries in her creative writing group When a troubled student starts sending in chapters from his novel that blur the lines between fiction and reality the professor recognises herself
AS THE MAIN CHARACTER IN HIS BOOK AND HE the main character in his book and he written her a horrific fateI really did
*find this author *this author style of writing a breath of fresh air there were so many different variations of writing within the story The short stories we were privy to of the students work were so different to each other they themselves were as entertaining as the book itself I enjoyed how the multi layered story was set out with occasional witness statements and in particular chapters of one of the character s novel which was crucial to the suspense of the plot I also thought it was ingenious how the title of the book was incorporated into sections of the story which were literary and atmospheric Above the canopy the sky is clear the moon stands full An owl scuds across the meadow drops to kill a vole In the shadow of the beech tree there is stillness not a breath The body lies Including the exploration of sexual politics in the thriller and the timely theme of how men see women in the world it really was a powerful gripping and very modern book for a very modern world The fact that the main female protagonist has no name in the story reflects how she represents all women and was a very clever idea It s difficult to write much about this story without giving too much away suffice to say I was totally hooked and although some of the characters are totally flawed and unlikeable they are addictive and ou want to follow each of their journey s through to the end There are a couple of unsettling scenes but they were appropriate to the story and really enhanced the powerful message of the book and along with a tense and suspenseful denouement this really is an immensely entertaining denouement this really is an immensely entertaining d happily recommend The Body Lies and I wish Jo the very best with this excellently written and well thought out piece of modern literary fiction5 stars Beautifully told thought provoking and DEEPLY unsettling Many thanks to Knopf Books for sending. A dark thrilling new novel from the bestselling author of Longbourn a work of riveting suspense that grapples with how to live as a woman in the world or in the pages of a book when the stakes are dangerously high What if Household Gods you realised the subjectour student is studying is Maos Little Red Book you When aoung writer accepts a job at a university in the remote countryside it’s meant to be a fre. .