I received Mark Haddon’s latest novel from my girlfriend’s Mom for Christmas (thanks Pat) and I’ve just finished reading it. I started reading A Spot of Bother three days ago and it was very hard to put down. If you’re from a family you’ll like this book.
I’ve read a few reviews of the book online and they weren’t particularly favorable but I really enjoyed A Spot of Bother. It may be that if you’re having to read the book for a living it’s harder to enjoy the family drama and have a good laugh at it.
Having read and enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Haddon’s best-selling novel about an autistic teen, I was looking forward to reading another one of his novels but was fearful it would be much the same as The Curious… It wasn’t -it’s written in a completely different voice, from a number of points of view.
A Spot of Bother wasn’t mind-blowing but it was just the read I needed to start the new year. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and I laughed out loud a good many times throughout the book – to the point where I thought my neighbours might be wondering about me.