Review: The Savage Garden by Mark Mills

Nowadays, a reader could be forgiven for thinking no-one in history ever did anything with a simple motive. No-one merely painted a picture to adorn a church, no-one founded a religious order because of their faith. And now, it seems, no-one designed a memorial garden purely to immortalise his lamented wife. The Savage Garden follows a Cambridge student as he unpicks the layers of meaning in a Tuscan garden, unearthing crimes that span generations. The book starts slowly, but it picks up pace, and will give a reading group plenty to discuss. Pack it in your suitcase and head for Italy.

 Personal read: 3 star
Reading group read: 4 star

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