Well written literary fiction with a bit of myth and fairy tale included Great voice and characterisation Lovely use of language Quite gripping despite it not being a thriller. I received this book for free via Goodreads First Reads.Review part 1 It is a hard book to review mostly as it packs a lot of content yet for the most part lacks a real punch Some of the characters are believable yet some of the others seem like they belong in fiction I felt next to nothing for at least of two of the main characters and struggled not to skip over their words Some of this book really is boring and just seemed like padding.Review part 2 But maybe that was the point The book is about the separation of a couple and how it affects the main character The supernatural element was her way of coping Stories get passed on and people believe them There are long silences despite the words to endure There are some great paragraphs in between the padding Was this deliberate I don t know Some books get polarising opinions This one caused one in me 3 stars It is worth reading but maybe I was completely wrong about it. thank you to the publisher for a complimentary copy of this title in exchange for an honest review I don t think the synopsis does this book justice I initially though that this was going to be a humourous book, and that s the one thing that it was not This book is very surreal at times and impossible to classify as a genre, but it s definitely not a comedy.This book is told from the perspective of Shona and her mother, Greta It covers the history of the women in their family and the traditions and poor choices which seem to have been passed down through the generations.I m sure that a lot of the subtext in this book flew right over my head, I m a very literal kind of reader and I could tell while I was reading this book that there were hidden meanings to things that I just wasn t getting It didn t really affect my enjoyment, I don t think, but I would be aware of this when you give this book a read.My fascination with this book was held by the exploration of relationships between mothers and daughters, Shona has shitty relationships with both her mother and her daughter she certainly hopes for a better one with her daughter but isn t prepared to make the effort with her mother The relationships between characters in this book were very authentic, a narrative of messy lives and how people try to make their best in a bad situation even if they re responsible for getting in the situation in the first place.Armstrong s writing style is very much in the genre of literary fiction in my mind, adding than a dash of poetry and subtext for you to dwell on as you go through the book Her characters are believable and well developed, even though I can t say I really liked a single one of them which is a sign of a job well done on the author s part My conclusion is that I would recommend this book to fans of literary fiction, looking for a profound look at the relationships between mothers and daughters rather than the suspenseful thriller I was expecting. Sarah Armstrong s second novel is a story of parenthood, domestic abuse, transgenerational trauma and belief in the supernatural, such that they all listened to completely different stories made from the same words.Full review What makes us who we are All Shona Wants Is A Simple Life With Her Young Son, And To Get Free Of Maynard, The Ex Who S Still Living In The House When Her Teenage Daughter Goes Missing, She S Certain Maynard Is The Culprit Her Mother, Greta, Is No Help As She S Too Obsessed With The Devil Her Uncle Jimmy Is Fresh Out Of Prison And Has Never Been Entirely Straight With Her Then There S The Shaman Living In Her Shed Shona Soon Discovers That The Secrets She Buried Are As Dangerous As The Family Curse Haunting Her Mother
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- 290 pages
- The Devil in the Snow
- Sarah Armstrong
- 03 January 2018 Sarah Armstrong