‘Memories of a Lost Thesaurus’, the debut novel by Katie Hall-May is a truly excellent read.
It is about personal relationships and the power struggles sometimes inherent within them, it is about coming to terms with difficult past experiences that are brought to bear on the present and how they affect the future and about individual realisation and moving toward self-actualising despite what is happening around you. This makes it a life affirming and redemptive story that evokes very universal human themes.
The narrative does a great job of subtly drawing you in to its nexus of characters, fleshing them out and bringing them alive in evocative and powerful ways. The interplay between them builds slowly, creating tension and intrigue, while leaving you guessing as to what is going to happen next, and wondering as to the nature of the characters’ true roles and intentions.
The twists that come shake things up even further and left me feeling like the novel could take a number of different directions which made it truly exciting and kept me reading on to the climactic ending. The writing is phenomenally good and in my humble opinion the prose here is better than a number of other more widely known authors of fiction.
The writer deserves great praise and recognition for this book, it’s a tense, unpredictable, emotionally charged and brilliant first novel.