This has to be one of the most intriguing blurbs that I’ve read. As soon as I read the description I knew that I had to read this book. Especially once I read the review of Joanne Robertson who’s opinion I highly value.
This book is centred around a chance phone call between two people that becomes earth-shattering for both of them. Lana needs to sell a holiday in order to keep her job. Liam is readying himself to commit suicide when a cold caller (Lana) rings to try and sell him a holiday to fund her life on the run. Simple as that, those two sentences hook you in and make you want to read this book.
This was such a captivating read. The book reads as a genuine conversation between these two people. Lana and Liam’s histories are flawlessly written into their exchanges on this phone call. The writing is so frank and fraught that it paints the picture of two people have reached what they feel is ‘rock bottom’ in their lives and desperate people, will do desperate things – like share their story with a stranger. This assigns the narrative a gripping realism that it needed to succeed.
The histories of the characters are so different but they are linked by the emotional trauma they have experienced. The thing I liked most about this book was the unique way in which the story was delivered and how we are introduced to each character. Normally, we would expect to get to know each character but we find out all about them through this conversation on the phone. It’s great because there is no unnecessary description and information is only given that is relevant or prompted by what Liam and Lana are talking about.
Both characters suffered and their stories are compelling. I felt that Lana’s story was very realistic and relevant. I could relate easily to the difficulties she was experiencing. It was the first time I have read a book that has addressed how easy it is to get into debt. Liam’s story is a lot more shocking. I did predict what had really happened because I’ve read a book with a similar twist, but the way this twist governed his story and the fallout from it I couldn’t have predicted. Liam tells his story with raw and unadulterated pain. In fact, both of the characters are tangible and I felt endeared towards them because of how candid they were.
It was like reading the last confessions of these two characters. It was captivating and I couldn’t put it down. A fantastic and unique story. Gemma Metcalfe knows how to tell a story.