Author: S. K. Perry
Publisher: Melville House
Release Date: August 14, 2018
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
A very personal account of coping with personal loss.
After Holly’s boyfriend passed away, she couldn’t stand being in London as every thought reminded her of him. So, she moved away to Brighton to escape. But even here sitting on a bench listening to the sounds of the sea, she can’t help but think about him. There she meets Frank, a retired magician that has also experience personal loss. She begins to meet others as well that have also experienced this. Holly slowly begins to form a support group without even realizing that it is happening. Over the next year, she begins to move on and deal with the emptiness that has been left inside her.
This way this book was written made it easy to step into Holly’s shoes and experience the same emotions that she was going through, especially if you have been through it yourself. It feels like a very personal account and almost an invasion of privacy that it is so raw. Even the guilt that she began to feel as she began to move on was expressed throughout.
The book is told from Holly’s point of view and toggles from her past with her boyfriend to present. It is like going back through Holly’s memory of the good (and bad) times that they had together and how it came to shape who she was. The remainder of the time was Holly figuring out how to deal with life now that he was gone, both on her own and with her group of friends.
There is quite a bit of strong language in this book and some intimate scenes as well. I would caution readers that have experience personal loss in the past that it may stir up some feelings that may have been put to bed.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.