She has a loving marriage.
But she has no friends.
Everyone knows her name.
No one speaks to her now.
Cornelia has unravelled once before. What could happen to her next.
Oh my word! What a devastatingly heart breaking yet ‘unputdownable’ read. I have never actually read a book in a day before. I’m a fairly slow reader, lots of other stuff to do, blah, blah. But I meet a friend yesterday morning, got home, sat down, picked up the book and finished it in time (just) to cook tea. Wow!
We follow Cornelia, known as Leah in this dual time line novel. Chapters are simply headed Now and Then, with each time line written in a differently paced, differently felt narrative it makes it easy to follow. It is clear from the start that something devastating has happened to Leah, but with the seemingly loving support from her husband it looks like she may get through it. Right? But from the opening chapter the overriding feeling of tension and fear is so apparent you wonder, will she?
As others have said its hard to review without giving to much info and spoiling the story for those who have yet to read it. Its also a hard review to write. Trying to express the raw, deep, heartbreaking emotions that this book covers, there just doesn’t seem to be the right words to describe it.
This book covers some serious issues. Loss, grief, postnatal depression and psychosis. Tough subjects to write about, but topics that should be written about. To do this in the form of a novel and a suspenseful, readable, unputdownable novel, is amazing.
The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood is published by Simon & Schuster and is out February 21st.