Night Music by Jojo Moyes
First published in 2008 by Hodder & Stoughton
Synopsis from my paperback edition
“Isabel Delancey has always taken her gilded life for granted.
But when her husband dies suddenly, leaving her with a mountain of debt, she and her two children are forced to abandon their home and move to a crumbling pile in the country.
With the house falling down around their ears, and the last of her savings fast disappearing, Isabel turns to her neighbours, not knowing that her mere presence there has stirred up long-standing obsessions.
As she fights to make her house a home, passions and lives collide. Isabel will discover an instinct for survival she never knew she had – and that a heart can play a new song …”
I’ve been a fan of Jojo Moyes’ books for a while now. Whenever I see a book of hers that I do not yet own, I am more than eager to get it. It had been the same when I saw Night Music in a bookstore while I was on holiday.
After reading the synopsis on the back of my book first – as I always do – I was slightly confused about the story and some of the mentioned characters within the first few chapters. Although I already knew that the story was mainly about Isabel Delancey and her children, there were many others mentioned and described at first and I didn’t really know what they had to do with the story. Of course, I could have guessed it from the synopsis, but it wasn’t until something big and important was revealed to the characters of the book as well as to the reader that I understood what was happening in those chapters.
The more I, as the reader, found out about each of the characters, the harder it became for me to put the book down. Even in those moments in which I wanted to take a short break because my eyes were starting to get tired, I couldn’t stop reading. While the book is – like most or pretty much all of Moyes’ books – a romantic novel, there were also rather dark and even creepy aspects to the story. The combination of it all made me laugh, cry, and shiver with mixed emotions.
Night Music was a captivating and emotional rollercoaster ride. Reading it you may not agree with everything the characters do or feel or think, might be confused about certain things and relationships at first, but in the end everything makes sense and you only hope for a happy ending for each one of the characters – even for those you didn’t like or understand. Just like most of the other books by Jojo Moyes I’ve read, I loved this one (almost) from the beginning to the end and can only recommend it to anybody who loves Moyes’ books or romantic and somewhat dark books in general.