When we first meet Bobby, he is a shy, twelve-year-old magician who falls in love with his best friend.
William is consumed with self-hate and drinks to escape the memories of his father’s sadness and his mother’s death.
Myles is writing letters to a mother he has never met.
Three different people from three different times each explore the dark side of relationships, search for beauty in sadness and try to bear the burden of guilt from living in a world we are powerless to fix.
When I first set eyes on this book I have to say it really got me excited. I think the three chairs is certainly a great way to portray that the actual story is split three ways between three different people. I also loved how the word ALIVE very much stands out in pink. It is certainly a striking cover.
The story is set over different time periods which I found very enjoyable.
My favourite characters in the novel were Bobby and Rose. I have to admit to enjoying Bobby’s story a lot more than the other two. I loved seeing the innocence of them meeting in their childhoods and forming a lovely bond. I could quite easily loose myself into their story as it was one that really interested me.
As much as I overall enjoyed this novel, I do have to admit to finding parts quite confusing. It did take me a while to settle into the story which swaps between the three characters. I think this maybe because it took me a while to figure out the connection between the stories being told to me and until it all clicked I did find it quite puzzling.
When We Were Alive is the authors debut novel. For a debut novel it certainly makes for a thought provoking and intelligent reading experience. It certainly makes you re assess the way you look at death and how at times it can consume us.
Many thanks to Legend Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 3/5 stars.
When We Were Alive is out as of today and you can purchase it from Amazon.