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

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There is the significance of the number twelve, too, the years they serve on the island as punishment. I had approached this book with high hopes: The premise of two people being exiled to a remote island for 12 years as a punishment is intriguing. In all, Watson has created an addicting, page-turning mystery-thriller which excites all the way to the very sudden ending. This book was just picked up by chance, because I had seen a review of it in the local press, but it has certainly made me think more deeply than the words on the page.

The events move along at a good pace - for life on an exile island, and soon all is revealed to be not as we, or they, were lead to believe.They have built a life for themselves on the island, planting seeds and farming the land which surrounds the croft they sleep in.

I love dystopian thrillers and Metronome was a really intriguing book which stayed with me long after I put it down. In addition, environmental factors mean they must be issued with a tablet to counteract potential adverse medical effects, so that is dispensed, upon thumb scan of the recipient, three times a day.Her work has regularly been published on Friday Flash Fiction (which also appears on Twitter) and has appeared on Paragraph Planet and several collections of new writing. Interesting then that Watson’s proof title for the book was ‘Not All that Is Hidden is Lost’ referencing the Hemingway theory again, where hidden could be taken to mean the future and lost being loss in a physical and emotional way. Much of the pleasure of my initial reading of this novel was driven by the desire to discover what had happened in the past and how the novel was going to end; consequently my reread was less satisfying.

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