The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams

About the book

From her lookout on the first floor, Ginny watches and waits for her younger sister to return to the crumbling mansion that was once their idyllic childhood home. Vivien has not set foot in the house since she left, forty-seven years ago; Ginny, the reclusive moth expert, has rarely ventured outside it.
But with Vivien’s arrival, dark, unspoken secrets surface. Told in Ginny’s unforgettable voice, this debut novel tells a disquieting story of two sisters and the ties that bind – sometimes a little too tightly.

Review by The Benches Reading Group:

Poppy Adams debut as a novelist engendered a lively and protracted discussion – our longest in three years. A psychological novel which aroused disturbing thoughts. Much room for interpretation as very little is fully explained. The characters, only six, developed in one’s imagination as their behaviour could not be read with any degree of certainty. A ‘Baby Jane’ atmosphere in the sister relationship could make a suspensive Hitchcock film.

4 stars out of 5

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6 thoughts on “The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams”

  1. Review by the Accidental Book Group: An intriguing story with a twist. All the book club members enjoyed it and found hidden aspects, particularly on the autism of the main character.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by Yateley U3A
    Out of our group of nine people two could not get into it, one quite enjoyed it with the rest finding it very interesting. There was a lively discussion about the personalities and relationships. Fascinating description of the moths.
    Star rating: ***

  3. Review by Yateley U3A
    Out of our group of nine people two could not get into it, one quite enjoyed it with the rest finding it very interesting. There was a lively discussion about the personalities and relationships. Fascinating description of the moths.
    Star rating: ***

  4. Review by Seagals
    The group really enjoyed this book – thought it was unusual.
    Star rating ***

  5. Review by Seagals
    The group really enjoyed this book – thought it was unusual.
    Star rating ***

  6. The Fareham 5:30 Redaing group gave this book 4 stars. We were intrigued by the novel way the story was told – an unreliable narrator who may well have been autistic. It did raise lots of questions about what really happened – some readesr wanted another volume, written from Vivi’s perspective. We found the book engaging and well-written – although we didn’t feel the metaphor of the moths and their lack of free will really came off.

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