Every Friday Scot Lit Fest shares what they’ve been reading in the past week.
Soppy: A Love Story – Philippa Rice (Square Peg)
Soppy is a simple and striking comic book on the good the bad, the every day, the mundane, the often overlooked little parts of being a couple. It’s about understanding that it’s the end of the world when your partner forgot they had a cup of tea and it went cold, it’s about the duvet reading forts, eating bits of bread when carrying in the shopping.
It’s just a very quick and cute read, packed with images that you’ve probably seen floating around the internet and can now see, alongside many more, in a wonderful little book.
The Unforgotten – Laura Powell (Freight Books)
1956. Fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent has never left the Cornish fishing village of St Steele or ventured far beyond the walls of the boarding house run by her erratic mother. But the London press descends to report on a series of gruesome murders, and Betty’s world changes. As the death toll rises, an unlikely friendship blossoms between her and aloof reporter Mr Gallagher. As their bond deepens, they find themselves entangled with the murders and each has to make a choice that will impact both them, and an innocent man.
The Unforgotten both thrills you as you’re swept up in mystery, and breezes by as certain relationships develop and grow. Flipping between the present and decades prior, there’s just enough left at each time leap for you to need to know what happens next. It’s a mystery whose resolution will likely be the most surprising, yet pleasing, tying up of a plot you’ve seen in a while.
So, what have you all been reading this week?