I just spent the afternoon of one of the hottest days of the year so far draped over a chair in the garden in a bikini with no sun cream on, and now have the most dreadful sunburn I have had in years. Why didn’t I get up and go inside? Simple - I was finishing this book. It’s taken me longer than usual to finish off, which I’ll put down to the business of having finished school and having nothing to do, har har, but I have to say it was completely phenomenal. A Quiet Belief In Angels, R.J Ellory’s most recent publication from August 2007, tells the drawn-out and painful life of Joseph Vaughan, who grew up in Augusta Falls, Georgia and experienced the first of a series of murders of young girls when he was just twelve years old. The murders continue for a considerable amount of time, and for any number of reasons, Joseph becomes increasingly convinced he is responsible for the task of ending them. Seemingly followed by death and trauma, the book follows Joseph throughout his entire life in a heartbreaking, gut-wrenching and ultimately beautiful journey of retribution and survival against all odds. For anyone who has wallowed in the magnificence of books such as Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye or Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men, this novel will make you feel entirely at home; extraordinarily compiled and perfectly executed, this is a masterpiece that will remain highly acclaimed and remembered for generations to come. A real work of art.