I think the best way to put this book is that it simply wasn’t for me.
And that’s okay, that’s fine.. Not everything I consume am I going to fall absolutely heels over in love with. It’s not a bad thing, different tastes for different people.
The premise is strong enough. A woman recently moves across the world due to her husband’s burgeoning career. They have two children and because of gender roles, society, a man missing all the marks…SHE is the primary caretaker of them. And when I mean primary I mean she is in it for days upon days while her husband is off working and going to parties where he will be drenched in the smell of female perfume.
Simply put, her husband is an ass and our poor protagonist is left in a foreign country with two tiny children in tow.
You don’t even have to wonder. This is an ode to her madness.
The descent into the protagonist’s insanity is scary and jaw dropping. I found myself not wanting to read at most parts. The story is engaging and the prose is simply beautiful. It’s delicate. So delicate that that is also one of this novel’s flaws.
There is a disconnect you feel while reading. To the characters and sometimes the plot. It was confusing. The author uses initials instead of full names and I completely understand the reasoning of not knowing the full names of the characters. But it’s disjointed at points and hard to keep straight of who is who.
The story reads like poetry and while it is magical it also caused frustration because at some point things can become a bit TOO vague and I start to wonder if I’m as dumb as I believe.
This is a great read however. You really feel for the main character and her struggles. The scariest part for me was when I realized I saw a lot of myself in her. I saw it and it terrified me.
For a debut book especially this was phenomenal. And while this one isn’t for me I am looking forward to more of the works the author publishes. It’s worth it.
Thank you very much to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC. All opinions are my own.