NightWriters and friends,
We hope you enjoyed the first book of our online book club The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry. Don’t forget that she will be a keynote speaker at the 30th Central Coast Writers Conference at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo this September! Below is a list of questions to get us started – you can respond to those, but please feel free to add your own questions, sentiments and observations in the comment section.
1. Which characters did you think committed the crime? Did you guess the culprit before the end?
2. The story takes place in 1856 in London. Did the author do a good job of transporting you into that period? How did the time period influence the characters’ actions and beliefs?
3. Anne Perry created William Monk’s character to explore how much of a person’s identity is bound up in memory. Monk does not remember what kind of a person he was and he does not like what he is discovering about himself. How much control do you think we have over who we are and who we become?
4. Besides the main character, what stood out in the story for you? The descriptions? The secondary characters? The dialogue? Did you have a favorite character?
5. This was the first book in a series. Are you inspired to read more of them?