My second month of book club and I think the reality has hit of me being out of my comfort zones with books. As explained in my first book club post I'm used to ready one type of book, one series - Harry Potter.
'I was looking forward to us growing old together. Me and you, growing old and dying together.'
'Douglas, who in their right mind would look forward to that?'
Douglas Petersen understands his wife's need to 'rediscover herself' now that their son is leaving home.He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together.
So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.
The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.
What could possibly go wrong?
The book is about a couple - Connie & Douglas, written from Douglas' point of view. You learn about how they met and the progression of their relationship to the holiday which is going to make or break their marriage. Connie breaks the news that she wants to leave just before they are about to head off on their family holiday, which was fairly interesting reading about the different cities he visits. I guess that's a clue as to what went "wrong"?
Us, by David Nicholls, really didn't grip me at all. I found the book very very slow to begin and I started reading the books weeks before I finished it, unlike the last book - which I read in three days. I'd read about 39% and put it down for a couple of weeks, not even really caring what happened next. I picked it back up this weekend, pretty much because I had to for this post. A couple of twists and revelations got my attention but nothing that would make me recommend the book for anyone else to read.
Have you read this book before? What did you think?