Orion Fiction 4th April 2019 (Paperback)
Catherine has witnessed something so traumatic she can’t speak. Or won’t speak. the doctors say the only way forward is to look into the past.
Catherine needs to start with HIM
Fifteen years ago she met Lucian at university and fell into a passionate love affair. They were meant to be together forever. But something happened. Something that destroyed them.
Catherine married someone else. Had two children. She moved on – or so she thought. Now Lucian is back, showing her how different life could have been.
But going back to the beginning won’t change the ending. In fact, it might be the thing that finally breaks her…
An original read, written in part from Catherine’s perspective as she lays in her hospital bed, unable to speak, conscious and aware of what is happening she observes her visitors and hears their words. Her responses are minimal although Doctors are optimistic about her prognosis. For Catherine has suffered a trauma, undisclosed to the reader and for Catherine there are also some blanks. Written in the first person, what Catherine does not know, we as the reader are also unaware of. The story unfolds from this point over several other time periods – 4 months previously; immediately prior to the trauma which has triggered the mutism and 15 years previous when Catherine met her true love – Lucian.
The events of 4 months previous are told from the perspectives of Lucian and Catherine while 15 years ago the story belongs to Catherine. This is very much a love story and while selling the notion of one true love as evidenced by the passionate love of Lucian and Catherine there is also the warm love between Catherine and Sam, her loyal and committed husband and father of her children.
I liked this book a lot, the storyline gripped me – I was intrigued by Catherine’s state and obviously the traumatic events that had triggered her current circumstances. The characters of Lucian and Catherine together were very likable and the author successfully portrayed the sense of these two individuals bringing out the best in each other, particularly Lucian who easily could have been difficult to like. The romantic side of me totally bought into their perfect, true love, a love they never recovered from, the ghost of Lucian haunting Catherine’s marriage continually.
The building up of the story was effective, with hints along the way of what could have gone wrong, 15 years ago and 4 months ago. The ending, while not entirely surprising was well executed and felt authentic and overall this was an original and compelling read, which I am recommending.
About the Author
Clare Epsom is a journalist with a background in national newspapers and has worked as a small business editor, finance correspondent and fashion at the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Express. Clare freelances for The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times, the Evening Standard and Tatler among others. She currently works as editor / founder of experiential lifestyle website www.countrycalling.co.uk. Him is her debut novel.
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