Tuesday 6 October 2020

Book Review: Trio by William Boyd (Literary Fiction)

Title: Trio
Author: William Boyd
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 8 October 2020
eBook - PDF
Literary Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley

A producer. A novelist. An actress.

It is summer in 1968, the year of the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. While the world is reeling our trio is involved in making a rackety Swingin' Sixties British movie in sunny Brighton. All are leading secret lives.

As the film is shot, with its usual drastic ups and downs, so does our trio's private, secret world begin to take over their public one. Pressures build inexorably - someone's going to crack. Or maybe they all will.

From one of Britain's bestselling and best loved writers comes an exhilarating, tender novel that asks the vital questions: what makes life worth living? And what do you do if you find it isn't?


Trio was an interesting read that held my attention from start to finish. The three characters whose stories we follow were all well drawn and engaging, the film being the link that held them together. We got a sense of the time period through their concerns and difficulties, without the need for info dumps about fashion or music etc. to set the scene. Although not an action story per se, there was enough going on in the three characters' lives to maintain a good pace and keep the story moving along. By the time I turned the last page, I was satisfied with what I had read; however, I don't see this tale sticking in my mind forever in the way one of Boyd's previous works, Armadillo, did. Therefore, I would give this book four stars. Well worth a read and a fine example of storytelling, but not my favourite piece by this author.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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