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The Art of Letting Go [Paperback]

Chloe Banks
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16 July 2014
To the inhabitants of Brackton, retired physicist Rosemary Blunt is nothing but a respectable recluse. But Rosemary has a secret, and he’s lying comatose in a hospital only a few miles away. Should she let him live, or let him go? Into the midst of Rosemary’s dilemma comes bohemian artist, Ben. His abstract pictures and fixation with painting God disturb Rosemary, and yet she finds herself unable to keep away. As summer passes and an unlikely friendship develops, it becomes clear that Rosemary is not the only one with something to hide. Nor is she the only one battling the ghosts of the past. Rosemary and Ben must decide whether to trust each other, choosing between the madness of admitting the truth and the insanity of maintaining their lies. With their lives unravelling around them, can they help each other to confront the past, or are there some secrets too terrible to be told?


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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Thistle Publishing (16 July 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 191019820X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910198209
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chloe Banks threatened to be a writer at an early age. The five-page book she wrote at the age of seven, was followed by a published poem when she was nine. After that she managed to escape for many years to study for a science degree, but couldn't quite break free.

In 2007 Chloe was shortlisted for the Helene du Coudray undergraduate novel prize, after entering for a dare, and she accidentally forgot to stop writing again. She won a handful of awards for her short stories before her first novel, The Art of Letting Go, was published by Thistle Publishing in 2014.

Chloe lives in Devon with her husband, son and a childish sense of excitement every morning.

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About the Author

Chloe Banks lives on the edge of Dartmoor with her husband, son and an overactive imagination. She wrote a ten-page novel at the age of seven and has accidentally kept writing ever since. She is a prize-winning short story writer and a first-time novelist. Find out more about her at www.chloebanks.co.uk.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining tale 3 Aug 2014
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This is a well-developed book, from the clever title and front cover, to the ending. Characters come alive as you read each small detail unfolding. The imagery is vivid and enables you to sense the atmosphere of the various meeting places. The dialogue is so natural and well written, you can imagine the voices.
The technique of creating each chapter from an individual character’s point of view is used throughout to great effect. I first saw the method used in, ‘The Clifton Chronicles’ series by Jeffrey Archer.
I respect any writer who works at their craft by researching sufficiently, and that comes to the fore in this tale of intrigue and suspense. One minute you think you know the truth, but in the next character’s point of view, you start to doubt your own theories.
Chloe has created within this story, a small world for her characters to inhabit. By the time you reach the end, you will believe it exists. Kudos, Mrs. Banks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel - Recommend! 27 July 2014
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The Art of Letting Go is a brilliant novel with vivid characters. The author really seems to understand human beings, their motivations, dreams and fears. Great writing and storytelling.
The most unlikely of people come together, and the only thing they have in common is the lies they’ve told themselves. But their time together brings them closer to who they really are, but events push them into drastic action, one that will make them chose whether to embrace who they really are, or to run from it.
There were some great moments I didn’t see coming! Some fantastic writing - I really felt the characters come alive in each voice. It’s insightful, meaningful, and cleverly comes together at the end, and although you see how it will all fall apart, you don’t quite know what is about to fall apart and why. Superb!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read. 26 July 2014
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Just browsing I was attracted initially by the cover but was soon drawn into the story. So many reviews seem to give opinions and at the same time give away the story. Suffice it to say that this story was built from differing points of view so that the reader was able to build the characters and not second guess the ending. There wasn't a lot of the padding that takes up pages of some lighter tales and having enjoyed it I wished that I had taken longer to read it - I was sorry when it was over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and insightful 15 Aug 2014
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It's quite an undertaking to write a novel in four different voices, but the three women and one man in this novel are all distinctive and sensitively portrayed. The events move along freely, which sustains reader interest as the characters move through the plot, each with their own thoughts, motivations and yearnings. During a most enjoyable read, one comes to a very thorough understanding of each person, without anything in the story being contrived to bring that about. It is an insightful and intriguing tale: one gets drawn in, the ending is unpredictable, and I think most of us will find bits of ourselves in each character as we eagerly turn the pages.
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This is really good writing. Chloe keeps dropping hints of what's coming to make you keep on turning (and turning) the pages. There is some beautiful language, clever imagery and wit, sections where I laughed outloud and sections where I thought 'I wish everyone would read this!'. The biggest compliment I can give it is that, before reading it, I was reading a novel that recently won a writers award but was failing to draw me in. As soon as I started Chloe's book, I was hooked:,. It drew me in and taught me a thing or two about art and human nature. Chloe Banks is one to watch and I look forward to what she thinks up next!
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To read a book as a first person narrative through 4 different people and how their story develops is a truly remarkable feat in itself but to keep the reader hooked without confusion makes this book truly wonderful.

The characters are beautifully written and every chapter makes them more human, capable of making choices that can make you, the reader, frustrated, elated and devastated all within a few pages. I was hooked from start to finish, wanting to know who these people truly were.

Even if it is outside your usual genre of reading (as this is for me!) I would recommend this book. A must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book full of twists 18 Aug 2014
By Jenny
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Brilliant book full of twists, turns and surprises. I loved the different characters and as each tells their own story I quickly felt like I knew them - though each also grew in my estimation as the book progressed. I found myself rooting for the main characters as they made decisions I didn't envy them for, and willing them on as they discovered more about themselves and the world as a consequence.

I often re-read my favourite books and this is one that I'll definitely be picking up again in a few months and I hope will delight me just as much.
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Hello page-turner!

I had a feeling it'd be captivating and tried not to start reading before my holidays... but I couldn't resist. I was so enthralled with the unfurling of the characters and plot that I read it in one sitting (on a week night!) – which was immediately gratifying but did me no favours the following day at work. I am now looking forward to re-reading it properly on holiday and enjoying the word craft and new perspectives, and how cleverly Chloe entices us into the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.
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Found this a really engaging read. Could not really put it down until completion. Full of twists and turns that keep you captivated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a delight to read
Just finished The Art of Letting Go. This was a delight to read! Fantastic characters all sharing their version of events in their own distinctive voices. Read more
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Amazing first novel recommended to me by a friend. I really wanted to know what was going on with the main characters and often read on for longer than I had planned to find out. Read more
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