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Metronome: The 'unputdownable' BBC Two Between the Covers Book Club Pick

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In the same way The Hunger Games’ Katniss has an idea to swallow poisonous berries to create an equality so there are no survivors, it shows not only her character but her lateral thinking and intelligence. She last promoted PR packages within the Press Association before full-time motherhood allowed Barbara to pursue her interest in Creative Writing. She is new to social media, but still into music, and a keen photographer, into pre-loved stuff and mental wellbeing, she is proud to have recently become a Litro contributor. Aina and Whitney are sentenced to 12 years banishment, for a crime that increasingly becomes apparent - they had an illegal child. The sense of beauty of the island’s rugged landscape becomes lost with everyday living, time, and experience.

I really enjoyed the main plot that takes place on the island but the flashbacks let it down for me. As she comes to grips with the decisions that haunt her past, she realises her biggest choice is yet to come.This is a mesmerising and engrossing tale - well-drawn characters and location with an intriguing and unique storyline makes this an excellent debut novel - 9/10.

The relationship between Aina and Whitney is murky and imbalanced, with Aina not fully trusting Whitney.Tom Watson is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia, where he was the recipient of the Curtis Brown Prize in memory of Giles Gordon. The final third I felt lost its way a little and seemed rushed but the story lingers long after you’ve finished.

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