Metronome: The 'unputdownable' BBC Two Between the Covers Book Club Pick

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Metronome: The 'unputdownable' BBC Two Between the Covers Book Club Pick

Metronome: The 'unputdownable' BBC Two Between the Covers Book Club Pick

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Just like the great Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale, this author doesn't inform the reader of how the world becomes what it is in this story. At various points I could see very different scenarios, and I worried that the back half: the explanation and possible resolution, would underwhelm or disappoint. Some choices might not be theirs to make, but the themes are very current, whether dystopian or not. The sudden appearance of a token sheep also throws things off kilter where, as readers, we are left pondering its significance. The connection to the sculptures is not obvious at first but once the connection is made, coupled with Whitney’s own artworks, it is explosive.

Although they've made preparations to leave because their sentence is over, their messages to the warden are going unheard. As it is, with omniscience at play, Watson uses the idea of funnelling his information from the broadest possible view, zooming down to the specific minutiae – and out again. Shipwrecks start to appear off the coast and this is spooky and unusual, However it does provide them with food and a few pickings if they are lucky. There is something very scary about the prospect of that sort of isolation and the expanse of time to fill and as Whitney and Aina’s daily life is described to us we understand that they find comfort in the routines. We learn of how they met and fell in love and contrasted with their present day predicament it feels jarring.

Sure enough it is a sheep counting system that is probably Celtic in original and used in the north of Britain in the main. It’s best to go in knowing very little, because Watson’s intricately layered novel reveals its secrets slowly and it is all the more brilliant for it. Stylish and thoughtful … The eerie claustrophobia of the setting will stay with the reader for a long while. You can imagine the type of devastation on The Limits, after which everything is off kilter; is this dystopia meeting reality? How so much can happen and how the build-up of tension can be so tangible, with only so little elements to use.

Taut, unsettling and so completely charged with both tension and emotion, I found myself captivated by Metronome .They say if you had a powerful enough microphone you could hear conversations that took place years ago. When I read a book with a high concept mystery I find myself thinking of most episodes of doctor who, where they create a brilliant otherworldly monster, villain, threat, etc.

Sure, there’s an undercurrent of mild thriller, a human study, a deeper issue of crime and punishment - no matter what the crime or misdemeanour, and whether the punishment fits it.Aina’s observation of how the house feels at one point is expertly written; “time passes differently now, with more people in the room. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this book, perhaps because it didn’t serve up everything to me on a plate. They’ve kept busy – Aina with her garden, her jigsaw, her music; Whitney with his sculptures and maps – but something is not right.



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