again and again
again and again and again.
Ana and Connor have been having an affair for three years. In hotel rooms and coffee shops, swiftly deleted texts and briefly snatched weekends, they have built a world with none but the two of them in it.
But then the unimaginable happens, and Ana finds herself alone, trapped inside her secret.
How can we lose someone the world never knew was ours? How do we grieve for something no one else can ever find out? In her desperate bid for answers, Ana seeks out the shadowy figure who has always stood just beyond her reach – Connor's wife Rebecca.
This is unlike any other book I have read before. I won't lie, initially I found it difficult to fully get into the writing format/style but after a while it started to flow a little easier. I still think I prefer normal writing with paragraphs, chapters and no random line breaks but this new style (similar to poetry) seems to be becoming more popular and the traditional, conventional ways of writing are being questioned. The story itself is really intense and full of strong emotions. Very quickly you bear witness to Ana's feelings and you become immersed in this loss she is experiencing and difficult time that she is going through. At times the story reminded me of Blood Orange; it centres around infidelity, lack of fulfilment and lust. Sometimes I find that these emotions can nearly be suffocating for the reader due to their intensity and on a personal note, I find I get very frustrated with characters that exhibit these emotions. They come across as ungrateful, selfish and self centered but maybe that's the old Irish Catholic guilt that is deeply embedded in me and my lack of fondness of infidelity comes through (even when I know the story is fiction). On the flip side, this is a clear indication of how strong the writing is; if the author succeeds in having the reader feel these strong and difficult emotions alongside the protagonist and awakening frustration within the reader (be it towards the protagonist or something else), they've done a pretty good job. Awakening raw emotion like that in someone isn't an easy task! I think this book will be ideal for many readers; it isn't very long, the plot (though intense) is simple and easy to follow and there aren't too many characters for you to get lost and confused (nothing worse when you are trying to remember who is who half way through a book). A huge thank you to Net Galley for allowing me to review the book before its publication and I look forward to seeing that else Crossan has in store.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
NA - I didn't really find any of the characters relatable or likeable.