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Book of Guilt, The
Kym Lloyd
ISBN: 9780340824313 (034082431X)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mawrth 2005
Cyhoeddwr: Sceptre, Llundain
Fformat: Clawr Caled, 223x140 mm, 312 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o brint Ein Pris: £16.99   
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A poignant novel about four members of two generations of one family recalling past guilts and troubling experiences which led to the breakdown of their relationships as they now strive to rebuild the family bonds.
Told from the viewpoints of six members of one family, Kym Lloyd's The Book of Guilt is less of a whodunit and more of what-was-done. The Goode family are confessing the secrets of their past through the pen of the mysterious confessor. Slowly we find out the tawdry, and not unexpected, reasons for the family's breakdown, how each feels to blame, and finally who did what and to whom. The identity of the confessor (again not really unexpected) is finally revealed in a way that leaves us wondering what the point of confession is at all and whether it can really make a difference.

Obviously a fan of the nasty and the Gothic, Lloyd enjoys teasing her reader as much as she likes to unsettle them. The novel is dense with images that wouldn't be out of place in Gormenghast and, like Peake, Lloyd definitely has a taste for the macabre. The mystery of the identity of the confessor will keep the pages turning, as will a (perhaps unhealthy) fascination for the actions of the six relatives. Both will more than likely outweigh the occasional heaviness of the prose, and prevent the book gathering dust on the bedside table.

The Book of Guilt is Swansea-born Kym Lloyd's second novel. Her first, Erskine's Box, a gothic tale of murder, castration and deception (not necessarily in that order) was described as ‘an extraordinary first novel’ by Time Out. Starting young, Lloyd was a winner of the W H Smith Young Writers' Prize, and spent a number of years chasing the critical success she finally earned with Erskine's Skin. With The Book of Guilt, Lloyd looks likely to be able to collect more reviews she'll be happy to paste into her scrapbook.

Michael Nobbs

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