Apple Tree Yard: A Novel
by Louise Doughty
Genre: Psychological Thriller
A successful geneticist, Yvonne Carmichael, finds herself intertwined in a world of chaos as she descends into infidelity. What starts off as an exciting affair full of fantasy and desire drastically changes one night as Yvonne finds herself in a devastating situation. The reality of this traumatic event brings the invigorating affair to a halt. Yvonne finds herself in a world of loneliness locking herself away in her home and becomes distant from her husband, lover, and children. When she and her lover reunite she is still mentally disturbed by the situation that violated her life months before. Her lover attempts to help her gain vengeance and they find themselves in a
heap of trouble. Yvonne’s life as a wife, mother, and scientist start to be stripped away as she is put on trial for murder.
Louise Doughty writes with a clutter of detail which helps to immerse the reader into a world of investigation, questioning, and psychological thrills. She demonstrates how perception can be blurred by desire creating confusion between reality and fantasy. I would have liked to see Yvonne’s career as a geneticist connect in a more interesting way to the story but it did not.This is a good read for those interested in sexual drama and psychological thrills.
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-Written by Stephanie Briggs