Friday, 29 January 2010

Four frightened people (Robertson) 84

Four frightened people by Robertson has been languishing on the TBR for a while, so I thought it was time to read it. It has an interesting premise, but I have to say that like the other Robertson that I have read (Ordinary Families) it didn't really grip me. The book tells the story of four English people who are on a slow boat making its way from England to Singapore when the plague breaks out. The captain tries to hush up the outbreak, but the four are concerned, and decide to make a journey overland to some sort of safety rather than risk staying on the ship. The majority of the book is devoted to a description of their passage through the jungle and the development of a relationship between two of the four, Judy and Arnold. I was interested to find out how the story ended (I won't spoil it in case you want to read it) but didn't especially enjoy getting there.

That just leaves Cullum by Robertson to read before I have completed this author as part of the challenge! Only once published by Virago, it has the above cover fitting into the original green series of books.


  1. Verity, I also had that kind of "What?" reaction to Four Frightened People when I read it a few years ago. It didn't strike me as worth reprinting.

    I was trying to remember where it was set: not an island, as I vaguely scrawled in my post the other day, but in the jungle. It all comes back to me--ugh!

  2. It was an ugh sort of book - thanks for popping in to see my review :)