I am slowly falling back in love with my Kindle.

Physical copies of books are the bomb, but they take up a lot of room. Especially if you read close to 100 books a year. I’m 23 – 2300 books is too many to store. The Kindle is definitely a method of space control. Oh, and it’s tangerine coloured which is also cool. This is one one of the first books I downloaded on my new Kindle and it’s a stunner. Shall we dive in? (Or surf in?)

The Wave at Hanging Rock

Blurb

Jesse tells the story of his coming-of-age on the wild Atlantic coast, where he fails to notice the disturbing behaviour of his best friend.

Natalie’s husband goes missing at sea in circumstances which don’t make sense. And while she searches for him, it seems she also has something to hide.

You’ll be shocked at how Jesse and Natalie’s stories come crashing together. And at the end, you won’t see the twist coming.

The Wave at Hanging Rock is a powerful and intelligent thriller that will grip you from the first line, and keep you guessing till the very last page.

The Wave at Hanging Rock

My Review

The book follows two seemingly unrelated stories. Jesse and his friends surfing in sublime Wales and Natalie a psychologist whose husband has oddly disappeared. We follow the first person perspective from Jesse during childhood. He spends most of his days surfing with Darren and John. Fishing for crabs and fighting for the best waves. Natalie’s story is told from the present. After her husband fails to arrive home she continues her life the best she can. Only for eight years later the disappearance of Jim raises its ugly head. Jesse and Natalie’s are about to collide and there’s nothing to stop it.

The writing is dark and foreboding. The sections of surfing really drew me into the writing and are writtrn really well. Throughout it has an intense feeling – Jesse has a cloudy and murky personality. John and Darren also have quirks. Darren struggles to keep up with the other two and John is downright terrifying. His dominating personality kept me on edge throughout. All of the character dialogue was written well – it felt real which I liked. Natalie’s character is well built too. She has bite and drive but also a vulnerability. The transitions from present to past work well and don’t jar. Thumbs up there.

At the beginning it’s slow read and takes time to build speed but it builds. The second half of the book I galloped through and found myself desperate to get to the end. The ending will probably upset you – it has many on Goodreads. I’m going to let you decide whether it works. (But let me know in the comments.)

The Wave at Hanging Rock

Final Thoughts

This is a dark psychological thriller. It will keep you second guessing and trying to put your finger on the final ending. The characters are dark and brutal but ultimately likeable. I definitely want to read into this author more. He’s one to watch I think.

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Right, so today I am celebrating for doing so much better than I thought I had in an essay. I have been panicking about this essay for what feels like forever. So, after being pleasantly surprised, I have celebrated by taking the entire day off to read, and blog and review! I’ve been reading this book on and off for around a week and it really is a lovely, interesting and well-written book. This was sent to me through my very popular reviews page, and is described by the author as a South Asian romance. However it turned out to be so much more than that, and I rather feel the author undersold it to me because it works rather brilliantly. The use of differing locations, cultures and social constructs leads to a book with a very interesting and quirky plotline. Additionally, and I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover; but the cover is feminine and girly and I love it. Thank you once again to the author Natasha Ahmed!

As a reader I love it when I am transported to another world; I had anticipated before starting this book that I was to be treated to a far-reaching story, that would transport me along a cultural journey and I was definitely not disappointed. This cross-cultural theme was beautifully told through a not often heard female voice which documents the stunning building romance between two Pakistani adults currently living in London. Firstly the witty and charming Rumi, and secondly the strong and steadfast Ahad, who is both a successful and attractive businessman. As soon as they meet there is an instant attraction and a sudden connection of interests. But there are a number of circumstances that could stop them from being together. On holiday for the first time in six years, the extremely likeable Rumi, had expected a time of relaxation and rest, however she is immediately set up by her long-time friend which she finds herself, rather surprisingly, wanting to explore. Ahad is not only charming but understanding and sympathetic and there is immediately a connection and the book follows the strengthening of the chemistry between them. However Rumi knows that if she decides to take their relationship to the next level then it has the potential to impact the rest of her life forever; is she ready to make that step and move outside of her comfort zone? Faced with the sweltering chemistry between the two, Rumi must make a decision; does she want to return to Pakistan an unmarried woman, or will she ignore the unforgiving cultural norms, and turn her back on her family to be with someone that really understands her and makes her happy.

This book is a real credit to the author; by describing the dependence that Rumi’s family have upon her it allows for a real development of the character of Rumi and makes the reader think, what would I do in that situation? This is really shown in the two characters that have been brought together so well, with believability and honesty. By bringing the difficulties of restrictive views into a modern setting means that the book also takes on a deeper meaning and becomes multi-layered; romance, contrasted with cultural norms which gives the books much more depth. This is further shown in author taking us on a literary adventure, which is brilliantly described; we move from the dark and dingy London to the blistering heat of Karachi. The description flows and reads so stunningly that you cannot help but be drawn into the story. The one aspect that really made me love the book was the locations; I have never read a book that looked at modern day Karachi and although it has been a first I really hope it won’t be my last. What was also so brilliant was the way in which the book was as much about Ahad finding himself and looking back at his roots as much as it was about Rumi finding herself and being liberated through her whirlwind romance. The book has a lot of give and take. We have all read books about females finding themselves after being strengthened and liberated by a relationship and we have all read books of males being tamed by a special female, and yet here it is woven and mixed so beautifully that it creates a cultural mix, not only in location but also in the differing social norms between East and West. The way in which the author describes this is beautifully delicate and low-key but with a real understanding of the importance of building layers to a relationship. Additionally the way in which Ahmed describes the relationship and builds it up over a period of time describes perfectly the way in which the character find hers feet and her confidence and allows herself to follow her heart. So the plot is perfect, what about the execution? The writing is spectacular; the description is full and has depth. It is extremely accomplished and it flows so beautifully that it makes the characters come to life in a way that many authors do not manage. I fell in love with book. I love travelling and through this book I found myself in the bustling streets London and then suddenly transported to the bright and colourful streets of Karachi; there are not many books where you can experience both and have them so strongly explained and described. I just hope now that there is another book on the way that will transport me once again to another world of delight and beauty. Definitely worth a read littlebloggers!’

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