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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
Description:
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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Solomon Creed

Author: Simon Toyne
Published: 24 March 2016
Reviewed: 3 June 2016
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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Copy supplied by Killer Reads at HarperCollins in return for an honest review

4.5 out of 5 Stars

 

Description:   

My Thoughts & Review


Solomon Creed is an interesting character, for a start he emerges unscathed from a plan crash in the middle of rural America, but even more intriguing is that he has no idea who he is or why he is there.
As the narration develops and other characters are introduced, we discover that Creed is also fascinating in his physical appearance, he is an albino, something that is never seen in the town of Redemption.  
With the ability to speak numerous different languages, a wealth of knowledge and skills that surprise even himself, Creed is definitely an enigma.  But little by little, snippets of his memory clear so that by the end he has a good idea of why he ended up in Redemption, what his purpose here was and who he isThe most mind blowing answer definitely has to be the latter – once that’s revealed….wow! 

Redemption is a small town in Arizona, built around the church, and instead of the inhabitants being friendly and helpful as you might expect, they are suspicious of newcomers and locals alike.  Worse still, Creed can feel there’s something going on in the town, secrets are being buried and he is sure this is linked to why he is there.  
The links to a Mexican Crime Boss, despicable Sheriffs and desperate town mayor add a sinister edge to the goings on in this town.

With narration in the form of historical journal entries by the town founder as well as present day narration by several characters, this really does add something “extra” to the plot.  
The religious angles meld well with the almost supernatural elements of the book – indeed it helps it to stand out from other books in this genre.  The super natural aspect of the story does feel like something out of an episode of the X Files, not entirely plausible but at the same time not entirely indisputable.      
  
Action packed chapters ensure that the reader is kept entertained and intrigued, who is fighting for whom?  Who are the good guys?  What are they all after?  The pace of this book is also kept brisk with this style of writing, the murder mystery element makes for a thrilling read and with characters that are multi dimensional, well fleshed out and in some cases downright villainous, you’ve got a great read on your hands.  

Despite some more complicated ideas in this book, it is still an enjoyable read.  Some of the religious passages may not be to everyone’s tastes, but it’s definitely worth sticking with it and seeing it through to the end, in this book I would definitely say they work and go as far as to add depth to the tale. 

After finding out Solomon Creed’s identity, I cannot wait to see where the author takes this character next, a brilliant stepping stone for the next book!   


You can buy a copy of Solomon Creed here. 
 

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