by Deborah Levy
When a group of hedonistic West European tourists gathers to celebrate Christmas in a remote French chateau, an Englishwoman is murdered. The subsequent inquiry into the killing proves to be more an investigation into the nature of love, insatiable rage, and sadistic desire.
At first glance, “The Unloved” seems to be very similar to Deborah Levy‘s later 2012 novel “Swimming Home” as both books take place in a holiday home in France. I love “Swimming Home” and have even re-read it a couple of times but “The Unloved” is unlikely to get another chance with me.
A group of tourists are spending their Christmas at a remote chateau in Normandy. One of them is murdered and then… I can’t really describe what happens next as I really don’t know!
I found the storyline very difficult to follow and I was really confused throughout the whole thing. I read and reread several paragraphs and I still couldn’t work some of it out. There were a lot of characters and a lot of chopping back and forward between past and present.
I wonder if some of this story went over my head, as a lot of the sentences seemed completely random and out of place to me, but it looks like I’m not alone in not getting on with this one – at the time of writing “The Unloved” has 2.84 stars on Goodreads.
See my other reviews of books by Deborah Levy here: