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Metronome: The 'unputdownable' BBC Two Between the Covers Book Club Pick

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In all, Watson has created an addicting, page-turning mystery-thriller which excites all the way to the very sudden ending. As time has gone on and they have developed a degree of self-sufficiency, the couple have also noticed that supply drops have become irregular and subsequently stopped and abandoned boats have started to wreck themselves on the island.

Watson’s early drip-feeding of clues leaves us initially doubting or wondering about their purpose, and whether we’ve missed anything.

I love dystopian thrillers and Metronome was a really intriguing book which stayed with me long after I put it down.

Things take an unexpected turn toward the end and the reader is left with a sense of both sorrow and hopeful joy. What matters most is that we are fully invested in Aina and Whitney and anything or anyone else that crosses their path. The prose was gorgeous, filled with ideas around human feelings and capabilities, but ultimately, the book sucked.The story centers around a couple who have been banished to an island for having a child against the rules of their country. This is an example of a great synopsis that really gives a sense of the plot: unexplained events, suspicion within a marriage, and curiosity about what else might be out there.

We learn of how they met and fell in love and contrasted with their present day predicament it feels jarring.Their relationship has been understandably challenged, twelve years with nobody but your spouse would be difficult for even the most solid of couples after all, but they’ve been able to rub along together, knowing that there was an end point in sight. I enjoyed the story and was really intrigued with it although I would have liked a little more world building to tell me about the world outside the island. Metronome is everything that I want from a book, this is most certainly going to be amongst my top books of this year. Perhaps idealistic images of ‘Castaway’, ‘The Beach’ and ‘Desert Island Discs’ came rushing before I’d read Metronome.

The piano is central to the discovery of their 'crime' and their subsequent banishment to the island and it is a clever reminder of the time that ticks by between their eight hourly doses of medication. Aina and Whitney are sentenced to 12 years banishment, for a crime that increasingly becomes apparent - they had an illegal child. It was almost like Watson didn't have the confidence to commit to an ending and left it in the hands of the reader.In Metronome, determination exposes any flaws or attributes that Whitney and Aina (which means always) might have. Shipwrecks have begun washing up, supply drops have stopped and on the day their punishment is meant to end, the Warden does not come. It’s all very The Handmaid’s tale although we never find out what the rules are exactly and why they are in place. According to Wille, fire speeds things up for example, water slows things down; air gives focus and earth opens out.

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