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I now have a Heart Shaped Bruise...
on 26 April 2013
What a beautiful and evocative first novel from this author - Having finished it a very short time ago I am attempting to write this review whilst still slightly tearful and to me that is pretty much the best compliment I could pay. In its pages you will find the "diary" of Emily Koll, a young girl currently in a secure unit awaiting trial for a crime as yet unspecified. Emily tells us her story and really, whilst doing so, tries to work out for herself the events in her life that have led her to where she is today and created the reasons for doing what she did. Its really difficult to put into words the emotional rollercoaster I was on whilst reading this - its beautifully written and while you are there with Emily she is truly a flesh and blood person, not a literary character. Your heart will bleed for her, and indeed at certain parts of the narrative you will get extremely angry with her - every chance not taken, every turn she makes that you know is going to lead to tears and yet you are pulled along, helpless, to the final denouement. There is a lot more that could be said...but you need to take Emily's journey with her, not with me. At its heart this may well be a novel about redemption - but that is something each reader must decide for themselves. I like to think so.