Hello fellow book bloggers and book lovers! Welcome back to my blog, where I am today sharing my review of An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed by Helene Tursten. Thank you to NetGalley and Soho Press for the advanced copy to read and review!
Silvers Hollow was published on the 5th October 2021 and you can read the synopsis here on Goodreads.
Overall rating – 5 out of 5 stars.
I absolutely loved this book and will definitely be looking out for the other books written by this author, as I’m sure they will provide just as much enjoyment!
But back to An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed, just from the description of this book I was intrigued, and within just the first few pages I was hooked. I cannot find fault with this book at all, every single aspect worked together so well to form a brilliantly thought out and well crafted story.
The premise itself, of a little old lady who is seemingly just trying to get on with her life but is constantly found to be in sticky situations may seem a little odd to start with, but within minutes of reading it’s clear to see that Maud is definitely not what she seems to be… And from there the book just progresses into a truly entertaining read.
Maud herself is certainly an interesting character and despite my best judgement, I found myself quite warming to her. The way she is portrayed in her tales and trips down memory lane, she actually has a bit of spice to her! Her character also makes you question what you would do in similar situations, it’s very morally grey, which I think is why I like her so much.
And it isn’t just Maud that’s the only interesting thing about this book…
The way the story is laid out, as six interlocking stories, is very clever. And the stories themselves bring something different each time, whilst also retaining that bit of Maud that you grow to love the more you read. I particularly enjoyed how a couple of the stories happened in real time, and weren’t just memory lane trips, it helped the book flow nicely.
The ending of the story as well seemed to finish everything off nicely, it was so in keeping with the rest of the book and meant that the story came a full circle in the end – which I particularly enjoyed as it meant there were no cliff-hangers haha.
Everything from the plot, to the storytelling, to the writing, to the characters, to the scene setting was just done to perfection. An all round brilliant book.
On the whole, An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed is an entertaining, different, amusing and refreshing read, that I loved every single second of! It was well worth the read and I would definitely recommend it.
It also features a cookie recipe at the end!!!!!!!!!!! What more could you need?!
Until next time, Em xxx