I bought “Close to me” by Amanda Reynolds as an ebook for barely €1. The protagonist, a woman in her fifties looses a year of memories after a bad fall and a head injury.
I liked the structure of the book, fragments of events, as they were coming back to her, get repeated with more information revealed. Surprisingly I didn’t find the repetitions tedious, I thought they enriched the book as they would show the events from sometimes slightly and other times completely different perspective. I would gladly pick up the book and continue reading, which is often a good sign, though I found it slightly less compelling towards the end, I think the pace has slowed down unnecessarily.
I liked the idea of Jo feeling that something was off, even though she couldn’t remember what has happened, how she struggled between what her gut was telling her and the logical and factual thinking, not knowing which she should trust. We could see how, without having a full insight into the actual facts, we can misread a situation or even how people are capable of manipulating the reality for the purpose of making things look better for themselves or simply just for some twisted sort of fun on someone else’s expense; how unfortunately others can become “collateral damage” if people are guided by their egoistic goals and the price to pay can be high.
Jo lives in an immaculate and secluded house, she feels lonely, confused and betrayed. She doesn’t know who to trust and what to believe. She doesn’t remember what has happened to her. A lot seemed to have changed during the lost year and what is even more frustrating her family doesn’t want to talk about it. She is afraid and disgusted by her husband, a feeling she cannot explain towards a man whom she loved for over twenty years and who seems as caring as ever. She is desperate to hear from her fragile son but he is an introvert and refuses to confess what has been bothering him. What is behind the drastic change in her daughter’s look and when will she meet her boyfriend whom she is told neither she nor her husband approve of?
If you want to find out if Jo will finally remember it all, give the book a go. Overall a good read, 3 wind mills, wind chimes or umbrellas.
Wind mills, wind chimes or umbrellas rating
– one of the best books I read
– good read
– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better
– don’t waste your time