In the main, we felt this was an enjoyable page-turner. It’s all about fantasy, the tales we tell ourselves about ourselves. In The Apple Tree Yard the key players have gone the extra step of acting out that fantasy to the point where it takes them over. There were a few reservations about the credibility of the plot after the pivotal point where the attack happens. But, overall a good choice to take on holiday, which a lot of us seem to have done.
Here is an very insightful post which expands on our discussion