Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
I received a free copy of Our Endless Numbered Days from the publisher in return for an honest review.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, the premise caught my attention and it turned out to be a pretty intense and vivid read.
The story is told completely from the main character Peggy's point of view and is split into two different intertwining storylines: the summer of 1976 when her father takes her away from all she knows, and 1985 when she's older and has returned home. Peggy's character was written extremely well, it was full of depth with an innocence that draws you in, you can't help but feel for her and become attached to her character.
I was impressed by the writing style. The way the author dropped subtle hints that sparked the imagination without actually detailing what was occurring, was cleverly done. A lot was left to the readers imagination when it came to the pain and suffering of the characters in the book, filling in those blanks allows the reader to paint as grim a situation as their imagination allows. At the time of reading the story I wasn't really aware of this, it wasn't until I had finished that I realised how cleverly the author had manipulated my imagination and my experience of the story.
The way the author builds the world and scenery in the story was also done very well. The descriptions and scenes were very easy to visualise. The author immerses the reader in a way that makes you feel like you are there with the characters, surrounded by all the trees and part of the story.
Our Endless Numbered Days is not a feel good read, it's raw, it's intense but at the same time there are moments of innocence, hope and happiness and you'll find yourself thinking about the story long after you have finished the book.
Reviews also posted to my blog: Scarlet's Web
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