9548106All I could think of as I was reading House at Riverton was that show Downton Abbey.  It’s been awhile since I’ve watched the show, but I couldn’t help interposing the characters from the show over the characters in the book, so similar were the roles and mannerisms of some of them.

We follow the life of one Grace, or Gracie, and old woman recording her life serving as a house and lady’s maid on tapes for her grandson, this need to tell her side of the story brought out when a Hollywood director approaches her and says that they’re going to make a film about the suicide that happened so long ago at the home she served at.

Well…apparent suicide…

I’m not usually much of a fan of mysteries, and much of this book was just that, despite being able to guess a few secrets along the way, the big ‘who dunnit’ keeps you guessing right up until the end.

Beautifully written and wholly immersive.  House at Riverton is a step away from what I normally go fore, but well worth the deviation.

Another seemingly fascinating read up next, Still Alice by Lisa Genova.

2153405Alice Howland—Harvard professor, gifted researcher, and lecturer, wife, and mother of three grown children—sets out for a run and soon realizes she has no idea how to find her way home. She has taken the route for years, but nothing looks familiar. She is utterly lost. Medical consults reveal early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Alice slowly but inevitably loses memory and connection with reality, as told from her perspective. She gradually loses the ability to follow a conversational thread, the story line of a book, or to recall information she heard just moments before. Genova’s debut shows the disease progression through the reactions of others, as Alice does, so readers feel what she feels: a slowly building terror.