Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband Bruno and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences: German language classes, Jungian analysis, and a series of sexual affairs she enters into with an ease that surprises even her. Tensions escalate, and her lies start to spin out of control. Having crossed a moral threshold, Anna will discover where a woman goes when there’s no going back.
I don’t really know what I make of this book. I can’t say that I loved it yet I didn’t hate it either. It is very different from other books I have read. Was very undecided about how many stars to give it as was stuck between 3 and 4 but by the end I think it was worthy of a 4.
This is a very dark book with a great one line opening to the story and an ending that left me feeling very chilled. I don’t really know how I felt about the main character, Anna. I wanted to feel some sort of empathy for her as, as the story progresses you can see there is a lot more behind why she is going around having sexual affairs but for some reason I just didn’t have any feelings towards her until nearly at the end. It certainly made for some intense reading.
This book certainly isn’t for anyone wanting something easy or light hearted to read. I do think it is worth a read if you like to push your reading boundaries and want to read something very different from the mainstream.
Thank you to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for an Advanced Readers Copy.
I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.
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