Publishing year: 2006
I’ve just started this book.
I know there’s a film, but I haven’t seen it. The book starts with Jacob, who works in a circus, and then the animals in the menagerie tent get loose and when he runs into the tent, he sees somebody called Marlena killing somebody with a stake. Jacob says this is a secret he has kept for seventy years. We then learn that Jacob is now a very old man of ninety years old and he’s in an old people’s home. He sounds down and somehow depressed. He doesn’t want to be in this home, being fed only tapioca or some kind of mash. And then some of the ladies in the home make a fuss when they see a circus raising its tent close to the home.
The book starts with a crime and therefore, a mystery. Interesting!