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My thoughts…

I really thought I was going to struggle with this book. I’m not sure why. I think the style was putting me off. However I’m really glad that I picked it up ahead of schedule and read it within a day…it was THAT good!

So let’s talk about that style. It’s something else. It’s a book of prose…but it’s also not. I switched to reading the verses in normal paragraphs for a bit and my brain adapted well…it still worked… However at the same time, it worked better in verse. Do not let this style put you off reading the book, because it’s beautiful and it flows just as well as anything else would.

it happened,
again and again
and
again and again and again.

Together
apart.
In love
in aching.

Tangled
unravelling.

This is Sarah Crossan’s first adventure into Adult writing – rather than her usual Young Adult. I’d never read any of her books before so can’t compare her genres – however I will definitely look to read more of her work.

About the book…

Ana and Connor have been having an affair for three years. In hotel rooms and coffee shops, swiftly deleted texts and briefly snatched weekends, they have built a world with none but the two of them in it.

But then the unimaginable happens, and Ana finds herself alone, trapped inside her secret.

How can we lose someone the world never knew was ours? How do we grieve for something no one else can ever find out? In her desperate bid for answers, Ana seeks out the shadowy figure who has always stood just beyond her reach – Connor’s wife Rebecca.

Peeling away the layers of two overlapping marriages, Here Is the Beehive is a devastating excavation of risk, obsession and loss.
Genre: Contemporary Prose

Publication: 20th August 2020

About the author…

Sarah Crossan has lived in Dublin, London and New York, and now lives in Hertfordshire. She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University.

Since completing a masters in creative writing, she has been working to promote creative writing in schools.The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain were both shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

In 2016, Sarah won the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as the YA Book Prize, the CBI Book of the Year award and the CLiPPA Poetry Award for her novel, One.

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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher and author for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Check out my blog for more book related posts and to enquire about future reviews, blog tours and cover reveals.

 

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