The Knot by Mark Watson

KnotThe Knot by Mark Watson.

(Published by Simon & Schuster, June 2013.) 

The Knot is told from the perspective of Dominic Kitchen. He’s a middle-aged wedding photographer and the book is his memoirs. It looks mostly at his relationships mainly with his wife, daughter and his older sister.

I’ve not finished a book in a while with so many mixed feelings. I liked the style in which it was written. It gave it an immediate feel and being told solely from Dominic’s point of view allowed me to stay focused on him as a character.

In the story, he has a very complicated relationship with his sister and some more development on why he chooses to behave the way he does toward her would have been good but on the other hand, the plot does move at a good pace. Dominic was a very layered character and this comes across well.

The plot themes are not what I expected and this was a surprise. In places, it made me a little uncomfortable, which I think is why I had mixed feelings when I finished the book. Uncomfortable but I couldn’t stop reading.

Overall, I liked this book. It’s plot elements were ones I was not expecting and even having finished it a few days ago. I am still thinking about it. I recommend it. 

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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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