The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kate Tempest

  • By  Ian
  • 29 December, 2017
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This is Kate Tempest’s first novel, and though interesting and well-detailed, I wasn’t blown away like I expected to be.

I love her poetry and music. I think she is incredibly talented – her performance at Glastonbury this year was amazing. Her writing is distinctive and beautifully thought out. Ordinary events become poetic in a way you wouldn’t have imagined.

The novel has some great characters and lovely scenes – the family dinner and later drugs deal in a club are fantastic. There is some excellent dialogue and strong settings’ detials. But the point of view sometimes shifts in an odd way, within paragraphs on occasions, and the pacing varies. The start seems rather slow and confusing, for example. But the tension does build and the book’s final half is really satisfying.

So I really liked The Bricks that Built the Houses, but I didn’t love it. Not in the way I wanted to. Maybe the next novel will blow me away.

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