There are plenty of reasons to buy a book. Not all of them are great but they exist. I bought a copy of The Dutch House by Ann Patchett because it was beautiful. I found a hardback copy with stencilled edges and had to own it. I’d never read anything by Patchett before and I knew nothing about the book. Needless to say that it sat on my shelf going unread for ages. To encourage me I even bought the audiobook back when I still had an Audible account. Since leaving Audible, I’ve let my library lie unlistened to for ages. So, I decided to get back into it. Why did I start with this one? I’d previously downloaded it and it was under 10 hours long. Seemed like as good a reason as any.
Earlier this year, I went a bit mad on NetGalley and requested a lot of ARCs. It didn’t occur to me that I’d get approved for all of them but that’s what happened. So, this month I’m madly trying to get through them all. Most of them are already out but a few are set to be published next month. This one was published this week. It was a great premise but I’ve been burnt by books like this before. Would it live up to its potential?