Top positive review
Mental health carefully woven into a tale about friendship
19 August 2018
I read the first in this series a while back and really was drawn into the poetic way this writer puts words on the page.
This one - The Victoria Lie, looks at how mental health issues can affect friendships and relationships. It is basically about a planned suicide, something which I myself have experienced with more than one close friend. I think it really touched a nerve seeing the inside and looking out of what my closest friend planned and carried out. luckily without success. Saying goodbye is actually what prompted us to take action and save her, we just knew something was wrong. This book reminded me of the reality of that period of time and my friend.
The book is a deliberately slow-paced story, such is life, and is often about thoughts more than actions - so it won't be for everyone. I however adore psychology, realism, reading between the lines and just cannot fault how 'clever' this book is. Maybe because I can relate. I can apply the plot to a real life encounter - or two.
The use of language to create imagery gets five stars from me, definitely a fan of this author now and will await more in this series.
Not enough people write about mental health with such delicacy and understanding.