Somehow, Moriarty manages to hit the absolute perfect balance of quirky to the point of almost completely absurd and so authentic that it felt like she was inside my head.
I’m not going to lie – the stream of consciousness style that most of the narrative takes, along with the quirkiness of both the story and the characters, is not going to be for everyone. Personally though, I found it completely charming, and loved the intimacy that came from seeing the story from so firmly inside Abigail’s mind. I also suspect that the fact I’m a 30-something woman with a just-turned-five year old helped with the how relatable I found it. There where whole scenes between Abigail and her son that mirror almost exactly conversations and experiences that I have had with my own daughter.
Despite the fact that there are some parts of this book that are almost comically absurd, there were also many that were incredibly moving. I loved the way the breakdown of Abigail’s marriage was revealed, and towards the end of the book everything got quite intense and my heart stopped a few times.
I adored the experience of reading this and gave it five out of five stars.
***Gravity is the Thing***
Out now from Pan Macmillan Australia
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
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