Book Review: The Unloved by Deborah Levy

The Unloved
by Deborah Levy

Publication date: 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books (first published July 21st 1994)
Pages: 200


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.

Source: Goodreads


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.

Overall rating: Deborah Levy‘s early novel “The Unloved” was odd and felt disconnected. I didn’t really understand what was going on and therefore didn’t enjoy reading it very much – 1 star.

See my other reviews of books by Deborah Levy here:


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