My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Barbara Elsborg has such a talent for writing about serious issues but without ever making the reader feel like it’s a heavy weight.
This book touches on (all off page and references in passing rather than detailed for trigger warning purposes) child neglect, physical violence, sexual assault and the effects of being stalked.
But it never feels like an angst driven narrative because she tempers the seriousness with the wonderful friendship and then relationship gush develops between Jonty and Devan.
The majority of the relationship development also happens over a relatively small amount of time, but it never feels like Insta love.
I absolutely loved Jonty, but I adored Devan for seeing the beauty in the younger man’s soul, for recognising that he was getting a real chance for happiness.
There’s also a smashing cast of secondary characters, and I’m so pleased that we’ll get Tay’s story next, and the sense of place was so strong.
I grew up with family in Alnwick, so all my childhood holidays were spent trekking around the places mentioned in this book and they’re spot on.
I’m even pretty sure I know where the secret beach north of Banburgh’s spectacular sand dunes is too 😁
I read this in one go because I just couldn’t put it down and o loved every bit of it.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.