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Who can tell the difference between believed-in fantasy about the past and a real memory of the past?
There may be no difference at all.
Tightness in her chest, heart thumping, hands trembling. Vision blurs into kaleidoscopic abstraction.
“You’re dying,” a voice in her head screams. “This is what death feels like, and you will die alone.”
And then, she gently sinks through the floorboards.
Suffering from agoraphobia, Briar spends a year of her life trapped in her home.
Six years on, she’s free, but ripples of the year's isolation still lap at the edges of her life, and those in her orbit; Melodie, a pretty valley girl who Briar desires to be, Justine, her oldest friend, who has her own dark secret, and Dermot, who thinks he's the reincarnation of Robin Hood.
Duel periods of life intertwine and descend into crime, fantasy, and madness.
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The book is very well written--and very dark. There are violent scenes, uncomfortable subjects--and not much room for happy endings
The (male) author does an incredible job of getting inside the minds of his female characters. He also has a wonderful poetic way with words, e.g., "The low red moon glows hypnotically, a burning fire in the quiet blackness."
I have a Briar in my life and although this is a work of fiction, it has helped me to understand that world in a tremendous way. Filer does a great job at painting a vivid and compelling picture of what people with these struggles go through daily.
The book is very well written--and very dark. There are violent scenes, uncomfortable subjects--and not much room for happy endings.
I'm definitely looking forward to more of Shane's future works. Thanks for a truly engrossing story!