review by Maryom
First off, I'd better admit that this wasn't quite the book I'd expected; the cover looks rather like a Nordic Noir thriller, the blurb seemed to support this, and so I'd expected a faster paced, more action-packed story. Instead this is a beautifully written, very atmospheric read, a quieter psychological study delving into the past, revealing hidden emotional wounds and the terrible things people can be capable of. I started out a little wrong-footed but soon fell into the rhythm; I'm just not sure though that I quite followed everything - there didn't seem to be any reason that Omura picked Jovert to unburden himself to, or any connection or correlation between the two men's stories. Maybe, by expecting events to take a danger-filled 'thriller' route, I missed something. As with many stories that unfold through flashbacks, Omura's past isn't revealed sequentially but by darting about on the timeline - back to only a few years ago, then right back to childhood, before jumping forward again - all a little confusing at times.
Even with these quibbles, this is a lovely read, as much for the atmospheric scene setting as the plot, and one I'd like to re-visit.
Maryom's review - 4 stars
Publisher - Tinder Press
Genre - Adult fiction, literary