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As If I Were A River

Author: Amanda Saint
Published: 14 April 2016
Reviewed: 5 August 2016
4 out of 5 stars 
Copy supplied by Urbane Publications in return for an honest review
When we discover the truth about others, we find ourselves…

Kate has a safe, happy, ordinary existence. Or so she thinks. When her husband Jimmy goes missing she is forced to re-evaluate every aspect of her life, and must confront the past to find a future. Kate hasnt seen her mother, Laura, for 25 years, and she cannot seek solace from her estranged father. Can Una, her paternal grandmother, provide answers about those who have seemingly abandoned her, and help her come to terms with the loss of those she loves?

‘As If I Were a River’ is the emotional story of three generations of women and the impact of their actions upon each other…and themselves. It is a story of buried secrets, and of finding the courage to question the life you lead. Are we forever shaped by our past, or can we find redemption in making our own future?  

My Thoughts & Review:

“When we discover the truth about others, we find ourselves..” is an incredibly fitting phrase for this book.  So many things impact upon us, our lives and the decisions we make and this book highlighted that through a clear and concise story. 
As the début novel for Amanda Saint, I was unsure what to expect when I picked this one up.  Her writing style is simplistic but efficient, it is the characters that tell the story in this book without the typical preamble and purple prose.     

Life changes completely for Kate following the disappearance of her husband Jimmy one night, she struggles to cope with his absence, which in turn forces her to face her issues with abandonment – her mother left when she was a child, Kate never knew why.  In order to move forward, Kate has to address the secrets that surround her mother’s mysterious reappearance.   

Written from the perspectives of the three female characters, each generation reveals more about their own tale with every chapter.  All of the tales are then neatly woven together to form a thought provoking story. 

Kate is an odd character, in the sense that in the beginning it is hard to feel much emotion or attachment towards her, spending most of her time drunk or stoned she came across as very self indulgent.  However, as the story progressed I felt empathy for her plight and deeply wanted things to stop spiralling out of control for her.   

Laura, Kate’s mother is also a character worthy of note.  As a young woman finding her way in life, she meets a man, falls in love and ends up married with two children before realising she‘s missed out on having a life.  Struggling to cope with this realisation she makes a bold decision, one that will have astronomical consequences for herself and her family.  
This is not a fast paced book,  but it is entirely consuming.  It’s a fascinating and and compelling read.
You can buy a copy of As If I Were A River here.  

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