It’s taken me quite a while to write this review. Not because I didn’t like this book but because it’s been difficult to translate my love for this book into words.
You see, I do love this book but it is also one of the most uncomfortable reads I’ve experienced in a while. This is obscenely clever and powerful; I can’t help but admire Louise O’Neill’s considerable prowess as a writer.
This is a love story.
Or rather it is the story of Sarah falling in love with Matthew and struggling to escape the dysfunctional and damaging relationship that has grown between them. It perfectly captures how intense relationships between some people can be and the terrible consequences that can follow. The hardest thing to realise with this book is that it could happen to anybody. Neither Sarah nor Matthew are terrible people, though they both have their own problems that they bring into this relationship. This ‘almost love’ will be happening all over the world and O’Neill has perfectly captured how haunting it can be.
It is also beautifully written with this author showing that her writing is both poignant and potent. This is a book with a serious punch that will be staying with me for a long time. I have a feeling it will have the same effect on you too.