Saturday, June 01, 2013
150. The Engagement by Chloe Hooper
Not since Yann Martel's Life of Pi have I been undecided about the true nature of a book's characters and the truth behind the story line. Liese Campbell left her debts behind in England and started working at her uncle's real estate business in Melbourne, Australia. Her affair with farmer Alexander Colquhoun begins when she is showing him properties for sale. They continue their assignations, for money, in homes for sale. When Liese tells him that she's leaving Australia to return to England he offers her a four figure sum to spend the long weekend at his property in the bush. This psychologial thriller leaves you wondering who wrote the bizarre letters slandering Liese to Alexander.