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Five Days in May by Ninie Hammon. Review.

Five Days in May - Ninie Hammon

Publication Date: Available Now.


Source: Author review copy.


A twister’s coming. A big one, a monster F5–a mile wide and eight miles tall.
The writhing finger of death hurls across the prairie toward Graham, Oklahoma, one Friday afternoon in May, 1963, on a collision course with the lives of 4 people—each of whom has already planned a personal rendezvous with death in some other form that day.


I loved this it has to be said. I can’t REALLY put my finger on why exactly, it was just a feeling, a total immersion into this tale of people living a small town life, all with very different characters and viewpoints, in a period of their lives where death is approaching – in the form of a Twister perhaps, but also in other ways. Some lovely writing and great depth of character make this a very evocative and often emotional read.


I particularly found the complex and intelligent interweaving of the characters lives to be very engaging – I was very fond of Joy, a teenager who in that selfish way they have could not see past the end of her own nose and the complicated relationship she had with father Mac was very realistic. The sense of place was brilliant, putting you on the spot, and there is a quiet sense of menace about proceedings as the Twister moves ever closer. Both as a story based in reality and an analogy for life, the whole thing worked very well.


Death is the central theme in a way, with all of our main characters linked to it in some way – and as well as our main protagonists there is an eclectic cast of supporting characters all adding to the whole and painting us a picture one step at a time.

Overall then a really stonking good read. Recommended.


Happy Reading Folks!