“That's right,' she told the girls. 'You are bored. And I'm going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it's boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it's on you to make life interesting, the better off you'll be.”
Where’d You Go Bernadette is unashamedly a book I judged based entirely on its cover – come on, you have to admit it is gorgeous. I discovered this book when I got a sample of the first chapter in a book I ordered last year from Amazon and Lee bought it for me as a birthday present.
Not written in a linear style, but instead composed of emails, letters, thoughts and other documents the book is held together by Bernadette’s daughter Bee who narrates through the events before and during Bernadette’s disappearance. The dynamics and character of the family is gradually revealed through the book in the various documents, from Bernadette’s hatred of people and more specifically the mothers of Bee’s classmates, her husband’s devotion to his job at Microsoft and Bee’s struggle believe in her mother, when everyone else had given up.
Frequently making me laugh, this book is a true page turner. I’m putting some of that down to the set up of the story, but the characters are so likeable and the pace fast that it is genuinely hard to put down – I read it in 3 days.
I’d highly recommend it, I’m going through a stage of reading mystery/disappearance books and this was a nice uplifting option compared to the depressing reads I’ve been delving into recently.