book review

So I just read The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman and…

It wasn’t what I thought it was but I still enjoyed it a lot. I love Richard Osman but normally I don’t just read a celebrities book just because I like them, I never read autobiographies and the couple of times I have it’s been because of the person is something more than just a celebrity. For example Michelle Obama or Malala Yousafzai. But it wasn’t just the author that caught my attention with this book, it was the name, The Thursday Murder Club, there’s just something really interesting about that. And I was not disappointed! But first, what’s it about?!

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?

Going into this book I really knew very little about it, other then the fact it was about a murder club. I didn’t know it was set in a retirement village till I was a little bit into the book but that most definitely didn’t hurt the book in any way, it in fact made a really cool setting. This is the second book I’ve read in this setting and if done right it can be so interesting. 

The characters were really nicely written too, all of them having their own personality and interesting back story. I got so emotionally connected to them, even going as far as crying near the end. They interacted together really well, dialog written well and consistent. The book has two different styles of chapter, one set around diary entries one of the main characters write and the others as a normal chapter. At first I thought I would have preferred it to be one or the other but as the book went on I grew to love the flip between the two, often the diary entries and the normal chapters moving between each other seamlessly. Often whatever was talked about in the last chapter is carried on in a little good way… ok so I’m not explaining that well but it was cool! 

I don’t read many crime books so I don’t know how common this is but one thing I did find was the crime would be impossible for you to solve as a reader. I didn’t mind that much, I was more invested in the characters, but if there’s something that will annoy you maybe stay away from it. 

All in all I really loved this book, it was so interesting and I really recommend you check it out if it’s your sort of thing. It most definitely deserves its 4.24 stars on Goodread. It’s always got a sequel coming out as well as a movie so they knew they had a winner on their hands and I agree.


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