The Constant Gardener is my first John le Carre book and I can safely say I shall be reading more of his work. I must admit it wasn’t anything like I thought it would be but then I didn’t really have a clear idea in mind what the story was going to be about. Sometimes that’s the best way to be surprised I find; don’t do too much delving into what a book is about, just plunge on in and hopefully be pleasantly surprised with what you read. This was the case for me with The Constant Gardener. It started off a little slow but when it switched to Justin’s view of things it picked up speed and all I wanted to do was read and read and read.
This suspenseful novel is based around the murder of Tessa, Justin’s wife. As you read through you discover the great love Tessa and Justin shared and feel his grief and also his anger and need for uncovering the sorry state of affairs that led to Tessa’s murder. We follow Justin as he sets about understanding why Tessa’s life was cut short and whilst he tries to make sense of things his own life is in danger.