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Bad News (Melrose Novels 2)

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

by Edward St. Aubyn

Rating: *****

I read this, the second in the Patrick Melrose novels, extremely quickly. In a way to simply to get it over with and in another way because I simply could not put it down. It is brutal, horrible and compelling. I found parts of it almost too painful and difficult. I read small chunks of the chapters with a hand shadowing my face and had to put it down at quick intervals and breathe but then picked it up almost as quickly as I put it down. It is that frank and that raw and due to some past personal issues, it was more than a little uncomfortable.

That said: it's brilliant! Although, I will say what I did about the first novel - the subject matter is not for everyone and certainly not for the faint-hearted. The squalid and overwhelming physical / mental degradation of Melrose during his ruthless drug binges (and this novel is pretty much one long drug binge) requires a strong reading stomach. You have been warned.

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