Review of Is It Her? by Jonathan Hill and Kath Middleton

I've read just about everything that has been published by authors Jonathan Hill and Kath Middleton. 

When I saw on-line that they were collaborating on a new book I had high expectations that it would be good and, of course, I wasn't disappointed.

The two authors have taken a beautifully detailed painting 

by talented artist Rod Buckingham as the starting point for their latest work. They've each written a novella which explores their separate response to this one painting.

The painting is rich in narrative potential 

and I defy anyone not to start making up their own story as they study the image.
However, apart from the shared starting point and a setting in the years around the Second World War, the novellas are very different.

Jonathan Hill 

has again demonstrated his ability to create dark, intense atmosphere as he explores intimate secrets between a quartet of disparate yet closely linked individuals. The storyline reflects the strains and stresses of the war-time era. However, the personal conflicts and tragedies that develop are the focus for this first 'Is it Her?' novella.

Kath Middleton 

presents a sweeping overview of the same period in history which incorporates one of the most awful tales of war-time betrayal that I've ever read. The perspective of younger people is explored with sensitivity and insight in the context of a war-time romance which has a warm and unexpected conclusion.

Both novellas are a pleasure to read. 

Each author demonstrates an expertise in writing on the smaller scale with depth and complexity. It was fascinating to observe how they both used the painting to stimulate their writing in such different ways.

Highly recommended.

Links

Jonathan Hill's author page at Amazon

Kath Middleton's author page at Amazon

Is it Her?

Rod Buckingham on-line

Follow Jonathan Hill on Twitter

Follow Kath Middleton on Twitter

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