2017/06/17

BOOK REVIEW:
STRANGE HEART BEATING BY ELI GOLDSTONE

Title: Strange Heart Beating
Author: Eli Goldstone
Published: 2017
Language: English
Pages: 208
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
This is the story of a man who goes in search of his wife's past after she has been killed by a swan.


Review:
What an interesting reading experience this was!

I adore the writing style in this and it's my favorite part of this book. It's dark and funny, lyrical but not overly so and I felt it captured the atmosphere wonderfully. The story explores grief and the unknowability of people very well and it generally has an ambience I really enjoy.

I think the concept of reimagining the myth of Leda and the swan is fantastic, but I felt the story lost its way a little bit somewhere in the middle. The first part is truly rather amazing and then it sadly just dwindles and unfortunately, I started to feel a bit out of touch with the characters.

Overall, I'd say this is a promising debut and worth reading if you like your books on the odd side. I'm intrigued to see what Goldstone writes next and will definitely be keeping an eye on her in the future. The potential is massive.
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