Author Stuart Prebble
Publisher Alma Books
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review
The Maguire brothers each have their own driving, single-minded obsession. For Jonathan, it is his magnificent, talented, and desirable wife, Harriet. For Roger, it is the elaborate universe he has constructed in a shed in their parents’ garden, populated by millions of tiny insects. While Jonathan’s pursuit of Harriet leads him to feelings of jealousy and anguish, Roger’s immersion in the world he has created reveals a capability and talent which are absent from his everyday life.
Roger is known to all as a loving, protective, yet simple man, but the ever-growing complexity of the insect farm suggests that he is capable of far more than anyone believes. Following a series of strange and disturbing incidents, Jonathan begins to question every story he has ever been told about his brother–and if he has so completely misjudged Roger’s mind, what else might he have overlooked about his family, and himself?
As the accidents at home multiply and tragedy strikes, a startling picture emerges. One of these brothers is a killer, and the other has no idea.
What did I think?
This review took a lot of thought and reflection on the book. Usually after I’ve read a book, I cannot wait to get my thoughts down but with The Insect Farm by Stuart Prebble, I really wasn’t sure what I thought. I have been swaying in my mind between and three and four heart review…but decided for the latter!
Initially, this book rings a slight familiarity to the age-old classic ‘Of Mice and Men’, it’s got quite a similar ‘base’ and whether or not Prebble aimed for this, I can’t quite tell. I definitely can say that Prebble’s writing style is a pleasure to read. It is easy-flowing, descriptive and intriguing.
The only reason why I was undecided on my rating was because I’m really not sure what I thought of the book overall. It was good enough to get four stars because the story itself was full of suspense and I didn’t want to put the book down. Prebble has put so much thought in to The Insect Farm and you can definitely recognise that a lot of research has gone in to the writing. The dilemma for the three heart rating was because I did feel that the story was just a little predictable and for me I just couldn’t shake the similarity to ‘Of Mice and Men’.
Overall, Prebble deserves this four heart review because he kept me wanting more and I really didn’t want to put it down. The story keeps you wanting more and in reflection of the things that made me feel this deserved four hearts because in the grand scheme of things, my reasoning for the three hearts just didn’t hold enough to give it a lower rating.
My rating? ♥♥♥♥
Will you be adding this to your TBR pile?