The Natural Way of Things – Charlotte Wood

For me it’s very dangerous to watch this Dutch tv-show called ‘De Wereld Draait Door’ (The World Keeps Turning. Basically meaning; The World Is Going Insane), because of their book panel. DWDD (De Wereld Draait Door) once in a while has a few booksellers coming in talking about their favorite book of the month.

Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 15.27.20This time Charlotte Wood’s latest book The Natural Way Of Things caught my attention. Maybe because it won the 2016 Stella Prize and Indie Book of the Year, but most of all because the introduction reminded me a bit of The Girls by Emma Cline, which I somehow loved. Oooh, the mystery of it all!

So here comes the dangerous part: I instantly ordered the book, which I always do, sitting on the couch watching people talk about books, costs me a fortune but hey, being able to build your own house out of books is a good investment right?

The good part about The Nature of it All was that I couldn’t part from the book. I had to read on and on! I needed to know what happened to the girls stuck on an abandoned farm with two obscene guards and a nurse who is insane.

Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 15.29.38Charlotte Wood describes the dirty farm so well, that most parts I almost wanted to vomit. The girls lived in such filthy circumstances, I could feel myself turning a little crazy every now and then!

The bad part is that I didn’t get the end. There was a bit of a turn, which I was really looking forward too, but then it seemed to be false alarm. It still itches, I still don’t understand why and by who the girls were taken.


Nevertheless, I admire Charlotte Wood for her writing! It was very compelling, visual and sometimes dreamy. I am very curious about her other books!

Charlotte Wood is the author of five novels and two books of non-fiction. The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Stella Prize and Indie Book of the Year, and was joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction.

Did you guys read this book? What did you think? Let me know!

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