My latest Evergreen read was The Hidden Keys by Andre Alexis. I was a bit hesitant to read this one because I’ve tried this author in the past and just couldn’t get past the first few chapters. I had the same feeling with this one but I forced myself through that first bit, and am I ever glad that I did!
It’s a modern day treasure hunt through Toronto for an inheritance that may or may not exist. The characters are diverse and complex and the puzzles along the way are totally absorbing. Part of me wants to compare it to an Agatha Christie but the reality is that it’s so much more. All I can say is that I recommend it.
I found this book a bit difficult to read. Not the subject matter or content, but the actual words on the page were tough for my eyes to adjust to. It’s published by one of the smaller presses (Coach House Books) and they use beautiful, high quality paper that’s got a bit of texture to it. Plus it’s printed in a different font that I think is a bit finer than I’m used to. The two combined to create a page that my eyes had to strain a bit to read (I should note that I’ve talked to other people who have read this and no one else had this issue, so I think it’s just a bad combination for my eyes). Here it is with a different book (incidentally, my next Evergreen read). It’s a subtle difference, but it’s there.
This did mean that I had to really focus and concentrate while I was reading it, which did mean that I was able to get really lost in the book – I don’t remember the last time I was this absorbed in a book!