Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel aims high with her follow-up to Wolf Hall, and this exciting novel of Thomas Cromwell’s England definitely reaches it’s mark. Bring Up the Bodies begins after the marriage of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and Mantel deftly tells the story of that Queen’s downfall and her death through the eyes of the King’s trusted adviser.
In the last book, there were complaints of not being able to discern between the characters. Too many Thomas’. Well, I did not find that to hold true with this book. Perhaps I am too familiar with the story and characters – but I don’t think so. Bring Up the Bodies is brilliant in it’s detail and in it’s ability to draw you in and keep you from putting it down. By the last half of the book, I was doubling the number of pages read in a day, because I couldn’t wait to find out how Mantel would relate the next part of the story. Loved it!
4 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2012