I am always reading a book. Sometimes it is the same book for a very long time. Occasionally, it is a book I can’t put down.
My latest in the can’t-put-it-down category is Maggie O’Farrell’s The Wedding Portrait. The story is loosely based on a 16th century Italian duchess, Lucrezia di Cosimo de’Medici, who is forced into marriage at an early age and comes to believe that her husband is going to kill her. (This is revealed in Chapter 1.) It is a good read by the well-regarded author of Hamnet, a National Book Circle award-winner.
Often, when I finish a book, I read its reviews to see what the critics say. They did not recommend this one.
Read it anyway.