Friday, September 7, 2018

The Craft Room by Dave Holwill



The Craft Room


 Sylvia Blackwell is tired. Her grandchildren are being kept away from her, and the expected inheritance that might finally get her middle-aged son to move out has failed to materialise – thanks to her mother's cat. It is becoming increasingly difficult to remain composed. On a romantic clifftop walk for her 47th Wedding Anniversary, an unexpected opportunity leads to a momentous decision that will irretrievably change the course of her life. The Craft Room is a darkly comic tale of sex, crepe paper, murder and knitting in a sleepy Devon town, with a 'truly original' premise and genuinely jaw-dropping moments. What would you do if unexpectedly freed from bondage you never knew you were in? How would your children cope? How far would you go to protect them from an uncomfortable truth? You can only push a grandmother so far...
It wasn't murder- not technically. Even if it was, it was justified, right?
A woman can only be expected to take so much. Her duty as a mother also comes into play.
Poor Sylvia. 47 years of marriage - the only couple to stay together when all of their country club "friends" have traded in for updated models.
This is dark comedy at its finest. In the beginning I had to feel sympathy for old Sylvia. 
That did begin to vane a bit; even when I could not agree with her choices, I could understand her thought processes. 
The writing is brilliant and kept me turning pages.

If only her son hadn't finally decided to try and do something nice for her...



Dave Holwill was born in Guildford in 1977 and quickly decided that he preferred the Westcountry – moving to Devon in 1983 (with some input from his parents).
After an expensive (and possibly wasted) education there, he has worked variously as a postman, a framer, and a print department manager (though if you are the only person in the department then can you really be called a manager?) all whilst continuing to play in every kind of band imaginable on most instruments you can think of.

His debut novel, Weekend Rockstars, was published in August 2016 to favourable reviews and his second The Craft Room (a very dark comedy concerning death through misadventure) came out in August 2017. He is currently in editing hell with the third.


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