Heartbreaker -Claudia Dey
This book was sent to me in the cutest package with lots and lots of great 80’s goodies, so of course I was fascinated to read it.
I have to say for me that the first 100 pages were quite tough, and I did at one point put it down. But I picked it back up and boy, am I glad I did! I finished it a few days ago and I’m still thinking about it.
The book is about a mother who just walks out of her home one night and we get to find out what happened through three narratives; the daughter, the dog and a boy.
I think I had so much trouble with it in the beginning because I didn’t know what was happening and the books jumps around from past to present with no chapters, so chronologically it wasn’t making sense and it was jumbling my mind. Also, it is set in a very remote part of the US where they all talk a bit weird and have strange nicknames for each other; it seemed like Hicksville to me and took me ages to get used to. It just wasn’t a world I could imagine and the outlook of the people was infuriating.
However, when I got over myself and just went with it rather than trying to figure out, this book was an absolute gem.
It was disturbing, but beautiful and uplifting at the same time; hard to describe other than saying it was an experience that I found both thoroughly enjoyable and unsettling. Heartbreaking and also heartwarming, confusing and totally understandable, it was a real wild ride and the twists and turns were wonderful placed; one I suspected, one I didn’t. I just adored the way it all came together in the end to make perfect sense and my immediate thought was that I needed to read it again instantly to pick up clues that I may have missed the first time, and I am somebody who never reads a book twice!
I have never read a book like this, but I wanted to read more. I loved the feeling of confusion and not knowing; it was like watching a thriller film, which is a feeling I love.