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This month The Whitchurch Book Group put themselves forward to read and review The Night Falling , a searing story of secrets and feuds set in 1920s Italy from the bestselling author of The Legacy, Katherine Webb.
Here’s what they made of it . . .
Set in Puglia, Italy, in 1921, Katherine Webb entwines a slice of history with a fictional tale of poverty, cruelty, courage, deceit, mystery, love and lust. I was initially concerned that ‘The Night Falling’ would not be our ‘thing’ as it is a little different to the books we usually choose – but it was very readable, the author creates a great sense of atmosphere and I would be happy to recommend this to other book groups.
Webb describes a desperately poor society where most people have no choice over where they live and how they make a living. They are at the mercy of the landowners, who themselves are fighting to make money from an unproductive and sweltering landscape. Difficult decisions are made, loyalties compromised and secrets uncovered.
The story fits very well into the historic events of 1921/22 and the author has brought to life the atmosphere and conditions the poor farm workers lived in.
This book has a fascinating geographical, historical and political backdrop, but for me, its credibility was undermined by the melodrama of the plot.
Describes a time and place in Italy’s history rarely touched upon and paints a vivid picture of a region and a population struggling to survive in difficult times. Webb effectively ratchets up the tension throughout the novel to an explosive and desperate climax.
The book gave a good insight into how hard life was after the First World War and the division and bitterness that existed in a local area was graphically portrayed.
A sinister story right from the beginning, set in an atmosphere of simmering violence and brutality.
Very evocative, bleak times and bleak country, real poverty, real cruelty, easy to be interested in the relationship between the main characters. It is mainly voiced through the thoughts of Clare, there are plenty of discussion points, lack of power of women, victimisation, guilt, desire to protect and desire for revenge.
The Night Falling is out now in paperback, eBook and audio. Listen to an audio extract here.
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