Then

Then
Julie Myerson
Reviewed by Rhian Jones
Jonathan Cape
Thu, 02/06/2011
9780224093750
£12.99

Julie Myerson's eighth novel, Then, marks her return to the disturbing themes that characterised her earlier works of dark fiction, this time in the previously unexplored dystopian setting of a post-apocalyptic London. Myerson benefits from the easily recognised nature of her story's location, which she manages to render appropriately eerie and transformed. Her protagonist's numb, post-traumatic perspective is efficiently conveyed in flat, dispassionate prose that belies the action's bleak drama and magnitude.

This is an absorbing tale of familiarly complex human relationships and emotions unfolding in wholly unfamiliar circumstances.

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