So The Doves by Heidi James


Modern Literature – Of friends, family and relationships     

My rating:  5 out of 5     


A body is found in Marcus’s home town, and Marcus is sent to report on it by his paper.  This thrusts him back into the history of his childhood as accusations fly, tensions rise and mysteries deepen.

So The DovesThis is a beautifully written book focussing on Marcus, who has gone to live with his mother whilst he reports on the murder, and his friend of 20 years before, Melanie.  The story is told in alternating chapters, 1989 and the recent past, but the story flows smoothly as the author develops her characters, and explores their complex home issues and developing friendship.

Marcus, as an adult, find his life and career in turmoil as his big story of corruption is brought into doubt by the people he has exposed.  His young life was also difficult as he hid parts of his character and attracted attention from the school bullies.  Through both timelines unwanted challenges are faced and unexpected friendships made.  The social issues Marcus did not understand when he was young become clearer, and mysteries of the past become evident – including Melanie’s disappearance.

The pace of the book is good, and fast, and the last few chapters are totally riveting as the reader races to find out what happened.  Although some difficult themes are explored, this is a beautiful book – not only in the writing, but also in the positive power of friendship.

At the back of the book is a website where “Questions for Book Clubs” can be found.

Definitely a 5*s from me because of the involving writing style, strong story line and complex social issues which made me sit back and think .    Loved it!

Note:  There is one graphic sex scene, its short and can be skipped without missing any of the storyline.

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