27 November 2014
I grabbed this book from my dad's bookshelf because I liked the cover and the title. The Cornflake House is apparently the writer Deborah Gregory's first novel. It's about Eve, who is in jail for allegedly killing her mother, Victory, by setting their house, the Cornflake House, on fire.
Victory has a sixth sense which she "doesn't like to abuse", so she usually stays away from sweepstakes and gambling and such, except when she joined a contest with this cornflake company and won a house - because they needed a house. Aside from being able to "see" the future, the other main thing about Victory is that she has 6 children, including Eve, all with different fathers. The family all lived in a caravan in their (maternal) grandmother's garden before they won the Cornflake House. Eve narrates this story from jail, through letters she sends to a guy called Matthew who comes to see her. It's not clear who Matthew is (court-appointed psychologist is my guess), but Eve falls in love with him (Matthew being the only guy she has contact with), and shares many stories of her childhood.
It's one flashback after the other, with snippets of Eve's incarceration woven in. The plot eventually leads up to what actually happened - did Eve really kill her mother? There's a little twist in the end (and I'll come right out and say that no, Eve is not a murderer), but overall, I have to say I didn't fall in love with it. The bits about Eve's family are entertaining, but the story would sometimes spill all over the place. The book is by no means dark (despite the "Mother Killer" references), and it's an easy read, but it's not something I'd enthusiastically recommend.