Veronique and Murray
By William Byron Hillman
We are lost in France, the pastel colours on the cover suggest the mood. A rich girl in a large house with soft jazz music drifting in from hidden speakers by the swimming pool ..Ok.. you are there. Wealth, the sun, carrots, flowers and horses. No No don’t employ a stable boy with rippling… oh no too late… the stage is set, the props are all in place. Now let those crazy hot summer days write the script. Enter Veronique age 15.. more women than young woman.. she is the flame. Then enter Anton age 18 (the stable boy) he is the moth. Guess what happens when the moth sees the flame? This early encounter with Anton is like a rock thrown into the pool of her life. The ripples from this brief encounter reverberate throughout the rest of the book.
This is a bath and bed type book. The interesting thing for me was the development of Veronique's relationship with Murray. (OK I know.. that's what the book's all about) The life lessons, the romance with Murray, seemed like a kind of "love me love my dog" type story. You see…Murray is not a very good looking chap, he is not rich.. yet he gets the girl. A very beautiful girl I might add. OK rich girl should (in real life) find rich boy.. a banker and get married. For these reasons, we are drawn (as readers) into a story that goes against the grain. It's an anti cliché time, a tale that gets even deeper when the story gets wrapped up in a sinister plot of which I can not speak. Her family are odd. Then there is this sinister twisting and turning and that loveable dog. In all.. a very good read. Is it interesting? yes, thought provoking? yes. well written? yes. All of the things that we have come to expect from a Bill Hillman book.
The book is highly recommended this review was of the kindle edition.
Paul Kendall Leeds Yorkshire UK
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