Book Review: The Great Godden

I was lucky to receive a finished copy of The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff for a wonderful book tour and today is my day to reveal my thoughts about the book so here they are!

Synopsis: This is the story of one family, one dreamy summer. . . . In a holiday house by the sea, our watchful narrator sees everything, including many things they shouldn’t, as their brother and sisters, parents and older cousins fill hot days with wine and games and planning a wedding. Enter two brothers: irresistible, charming, languidly sexy Kit and surly, silent Hugo. Suddenly there’s a serpent in this paradise — and the consequences will be devastating.

I read this book very fast (well fast for me). It took me a day and a half to read it with breaks and work in between.

It follows a family and their regular routine of going to their beach home for the summer. They spend time with family and relax but this year, the Godden brothers are introduced to their dynamic and it changes everything.

The book is told from the perspective of one of the kids in the family. I assumed they were a teenager based on how they spoke but you never actually discover who they are as it is not revealed. No name, gender, or age. Just a voice telling you how the summer went from their perspective. I think that this was a very interesting way to tell the story since there were some occurrences where you would want to know these things to judge certain situations but it left it open ended to the readers interpretation.

The writing was very beautiful and I enjoyed that. I did find that it lacked a bit of a plot though. There was not a lot happening in the book to keep my attention there but the way it was formatted made it easy to consume and go through at a decently fast pace.

There were some actions from a character that I was uncomfortable with and I think that was the intent so just be warned going into the books that some stuff might come up.

Overall, it was a decent summer read and if you want a smaller book to read between all those chunkers, this one could be for you!

Book Rating: 3/5

You can buy this book on Amazon and find it on Goodreads.

Disclaimer: I was sent this book by Penguin Random House to read and given my honest review.

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