Vince stops taking his lithium when he finds out about his partner’s pregnancy. As withdrawal kicks in, he can barely hold his life together. Somewhere between making friends with a blackbird in the back garden and hearing his dead son’s footsteps in the attic, he finds himself lost and alone, journeying through a world of chaos and darkness, completely unaware of the miracle that lies ahead.
The Blackbird Singularity is probably not my obvious choice of book but after reading the description there was just something about it that really appealed to me.
Vince and his wife are still trying to come to terms with the loss of their son Charlie. It is so hard to comprehend what a parent must go through in losing a child. I don’t think anyone’s grief is the same and everyone handles it differently. Vince obviously has had a total break down and has been put on Lithium so he can cope with life. The only problem is, is that the medication leaves him feeling fuzzy and not like he is really living so he makes the decision to come off them without telling anyone.
The relationship between Vince and his wife is very fragile with each of them trying their best to cope in their own way. Due to Vince’s break down and his very slow work as an author, it is very much left to his wife to be the bread winner as well as try and keep everything all together.
The story has quite a few characters who are all very interesting, especially Vince’s friend Jamal. Jamal reminds me of some sort of guru that has the answers to the universe. He is a sense of clarity in Vince’s otherwise mixed up world.
A lot of what Vince is experiencing I think is down to the effects of the withdrawal of the Lithium. The parts where he sees his son were very moving and I also loved the parts with the blackbird. It very much felt like there is this mist that is quite dark and dense to start with which starts to clear the further into the story we got.
The Blackbird Singularity is a beautifully written story dealing with loss, relationships and fighting your way back up to the surface of life again. It is moving and meaningful and one that will stay with me for a long time to come.
My thanks to Lucy at Legend Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
The Blackbird Singularity is available to purchase now from Amazon.