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One Book Lane’s Book Club Choice: Rene Denfeld’s The Enchanted

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This month our One Book Lane book club read and reviewed Rene Denfeld’s powerful and  haunting novel set on death row, The Enchanted.  Here’s what they made of it . . .

The Enchanted is a Waterstones Book Club Choice and is out now in paperback and eBook.

‘A dark and haunting novel about a prisoner held on death row in a prison with violent inmates and corrupt prison guards. The novel combines descriptions of harsh prison life with some beautiful imaginative escapism.’

‘A chilling and compelling read. . . some of the events detailed are quite disturbing, however I found it very thought provoking and it is a book which will have an impact on me for some time.’

‘Enthralling and thrilling. It was intriguing from the very first page. Loved the twist at the end, a really well written book.’

‘I would recommend this book to others as it was simply a very different read, a break away from the norm.’

‘Fascinating book which was hard to put down, it was unlike any style I had read before and at times I found the style of writing confusing but I was compelled to keep reading.’

‘It took me a while to get into it but once I was there it was difficult to put down and when I had to was planning when I would next get to read it’

‘A compelling read. A fascinating social comment on the horrific consequences that can result from the lack of genuine love and affection in a persons life.’

‘Both sad and hopeful . . . I cannot say that I enjoyed reading it in the traditional sense but I am glad I read it, the story will stay with me a long time.’

‘I absolutely loved this book. . . it reminds me of Stoner by John Williams . . . The narration is strangely mesmerizing’

‘A stunning read.  I felt compelled to read it to the end despite the often horrific situations described . . .  unlike anything else I have read . . . I do recommend this book but perhaps not suitable for a holiday read!

We’d love to hear what you thought of, this month’s book club choice, The Enchanted, let us know in the comments below!
The Enchanted is a Waterstones Book Club Choice and is out now in paperback and eBookRead an extract here.

Rene Denfeld

Rene Denfeld is a death penalty investigator and the author of three non-fiction books, including the international bestseller, The New Victorians. She has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her three children, all adopted from foster care. In addition to working with death-row clients, Ms. Denfeld volunteers with at-risk youth and in foster adoption advocacy.