Review: The Book of Speculation
Someone sends librarian Simon Watson an old book that turns out to be the journal of a traveling circus from the 1700s. Simon is fascinated by the book, especially when he discovers old family member’s names in it. When he starts to see a pattern of female members of his family drowning, he begins to worry about his sister who just happens to show up on a break from her job as a circus mermaid.
I read THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler for my book club in November. The point of view shifts back and forth from Simon in the present day and the journal in the past and, while I didn’t love either thread, I did find the present day story more appealing. I had some trouble following parts of the journal so the story dragged for me. I thought Swyler’s writing was fine and I did enjoy some of the characters – particularly Simon’s sister and her boyfriend – but, overall, the book wasn’t for me.
My book club managed to have a pretty good discussion even though only one person enjoyed the book. Several people gave up on it, but most felt the way I did.