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** My thanks to Nikki at Melville House UK for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **



Twenty-something Holly has moved to Brighton to escape. But now she’s here, sitting on a bench, listening to the sea sway… How is she supposed to fill the void her boyfriend left when he died, leaving her behind?

She had thought she’d want to be on her own, but when she meets Frank, a retired magician who has experienced his own loss, the tide begins to shift. A moving and powerful debut, Let Me Be Like Water is a book about the humdrum and extraordinariness of everyday life; of lost and new connections; of loneliness and friendship.


My Thoughts & Review:

Sometimes a step away from my usual crime reads is just what I need to refresh and reset.  And sometimes, the step away can be so rewarding as it opens my eyes to some of the greatest reads that I’ve ever stumbled upon.

Let Me Be Like Water is quite a special book, it’s profoundly beautiful.  There’s a rawness to the emotion that the author layers throughout her writing, Holly’s grief is incredibly moving and at times not the easiest to read.  Her heartache over the loss of her boyfriend is so visceral, the loss of his love, his friendship, their shared moments are all hauntingly real.    The struggles to get to a place of “ok” in her mind means that Holly has to rebuild herself, find a way to live without the physical presence of the man she loves but still keep the memories of him alive, and so she moves from London to Brighton.

The metaphor of water in the writing is powerful and mesmerising.  Water has the power to be many things;  it’s a vital resource to keep us alive and yet it can be so dangerous, it can be calming but it can also be turbulent and the way that it flows into Holly’s life is somewhat poetic.  Sitting beside the sea gives Holly a chance to reflect on things, it’s a place that she can go to lose herself in her thoughts and it’s here that life takes on a new meaning.  Meeting Frank and Harris gives Holly something she didn’t know she needed at that moment.  Frank is a retired magician, and a character that I felt so much appreciation for, we need more people like Frank in this world.  He’s almost like a collector of lost souls, the troubled, the hurt, the weary somehow find him, he in turn introducing these souls to others to form some wonderful bonds.  The friendships between the characters in Let Me Be Like Water are ones of great strength and understanding.  No one asks too much of another, each offers support in any way they can and share the love of books and food.  The characterisation is superb, the flawed and damaged cast are so human and realistic, it’s not hard to imagine these people in every walk of life.  Each has a pain or suffering that they’ve learnt to live with, and the way they accept and support each other makes for truly wonderful reading.

Such a moving exploration of loss, that honestly left me feeling so awed.  The way that friendship reaches into the hearts of the characters and redeems them, gives them a liferaft to cling onto and gives them hope makes this such a beautiful and emotive read and one that I cannot recommend highly enough.

You can buy a copy of Let Me Be Like Water via:

Amazon UK
Melville House (publisher)

About the Author:


SK Perry © Naomi Woddis copy

Author Image (c) Naomi Woddis

I’m Sarah, and I’m a fiction writer and poet from Croydon. My first novel, Let Me Be Like Water, was shortlisted for the Mslexia Novel Award and will be published by Melville House in May.

I run creative writing projects that develop emotional literacy, and explore mental health, memory, and healing from violence. I’m interested in multi-lingual literature and translation, and how different languages live and are used in cities. I was the Cityread Young Writer in Residence in Soho in 2014 and I qualified on the Spoken Word Education Programme the following year.

I’m involved in mentoring young poets’ collectives in Hackney, Glasgow, and Tegucigalpa, and I live in South London.

Social Media Links:

Website: https://sk-perry.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/_sarah_perry

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