Verdict: Not my cup of tea.
Published by Transworld Publishers, March 8th 2018
Genre: Fiction; Women’s Lit
When Eva wakes up one morning to discover that her husband has died in his sleep, she is overwhelmed: with anger, with disbelief, with fear. For Adam was only thirty-one, a brilliant doctor with no health issues. They were supposed to grow old together. In the aftermath, attempting to confront the agony of her loss, Eva starts to uncover the story of her marriage, delving into those parts of her husband’s life to which she never before had access. But the secrets she finds are not what she expected.
I requested this mainly based on the tagline: “This is the story of Adam and Eve. It ends on page twelve.” I mean, that is just brilliant and how could I not? But the book just was not for me. I made it about 50% in when I decided to call it quits. I want to emphasise that this is not a bad book at all. It just did not work for me. I expected something different and I thought the playing with different timelines and the framing device would work for me brilliantly (I do love stories told unchronologically!) but it just didn’t. I think my main problem was that the story itself was kind of flat and uninteresting. I am just not that interested in people falling in love (at least not in books). The grief part of the books worked better for me: here I thought the circular way Kate McNaughton writes her paragraphs was done beautifully. Sadly this part of the book took the backseat to the love story. I also struggled with the dialogue a whole lot and did not think it felt quite natural. I don’t usually focus on dialogue in books but this just turned me off.
So overall, just not my type of book and very different to what I expected.
I received an arc of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Transworld Publishers in exchange for an honest review.