Book Review: Ordinary Thunderstorm by William Boyd

Ordinary Thunderstorm by William Boyd

12811280Format: Paperback
Source: Book club (Library Book)
Publisher: Harper
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Publication Date: 26th January 2010
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):

“From William Boyd, award-winning author of Brazzaville Beachand Restless, comes a stunning literary mystery about crime and punishment: Ordinary Thunderstorms. One of the most accomplished writers of our time, Boyd has written a profound and gripping novel about the fragility of social identity, the corruption at the heart of big business, and the secrets that lie hidden in the filthy underbelly of every city.


My Thoughts & Review

This was our December read for book club but as I was away for our January meeting I got a little extra time to finish it and I’m glad I did as I struggled with this one big time. I’m actually proud of myself that I actually managed to get to the end.

This was my first book by William Boyd and I was really excited to re it after reading the description of the book on the back. It sounded like a book I would really like, but it wasn’t to be.

This book took me just over 6 weeks to finish. I kept picking it up and putting it down. The only reason I didn’t DNF the book was because I wanted to know how it ended and also because I really thought it would get better.

The book starts off interesting even if the premise has already been done (good guy is in the wrong place at the wrong time and is accused of murdering someone). But as I read on I started to lose interest in both the storyline and the characters.

I felt the characters were one dimensional and unbelievable. Also, I thought there were to many characters and I kept losing track of who was who as well as who the good and bad guys were.

In every book I read I try to find how the title fits the book, however, in this book I could not find any link at all. There wasn’t even a reference to the title, unless it was just me and I’ve missed it or forgotten about reading it lol.

Ending on a somewhat positive. I did like the setting and description of London in this book. Some might say I’m a little biased coming/living in London, but I felt Boyd was very accurate with his descriptions and he didn’t try to glamourise the city like some books do.

Overall a rollercoaster of a read with many ups and downs (mainly downs for me). A story that draws you in at the beginning but then fizzles out into a “meh” read. It had lots of potential to be a really good read, but for me it sadly didn’t deliver. Not a book I would personally recommend, but if you’ve read William Boyd’s previous books or you can get a copy from your local library them maybe give it ago.


My Rating:



Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s get chatting.

Happy Reading!!!



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