I’m back with my delayed review for the debut novel What Beauty There is by Cory Anderson!!!
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Publication Date: 8th April 2021
Length: 368 Pages
Dimensions: 222mm x 34mm x 144mm
When everything you love is in danger, how long can you keep running to survive?
Life can be brutal
Winter in Idaho. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.
Jack knew it
Jack Dahl has nothing left. Except his younger brother, Matty, who he’d die for. Their mother is gone, and their funds are quickly dwindling, Jack needs to make a choice: lose his brother to foster care, or find the drug money that sent his father to prison.
So did I
Ava lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one.
Did I feel the flutter of wings when Jack and I met? Did I sense the coming tornado?
But now Ava wants to break the rules – to let Jack in and open her heart. Then she discovers that Jack and her father are stalking the same money, and suddenly Ava is faced with a terrible choice: remain silent or speak out and help the brothers survive.
Looking back, I think I did . . .
Perfect for fans of Patrick Ness, Meg Rosoff and Daniel Woodrell, What Beauty There Is an unforgettable debut novel that is as compulsive as it is beautiful, and unflinchingly explores the power of determination, survival and love.
‘Beautifully written and superbly constructed, Anderson pulls you onto a chilling footpath of love and loss and keeps you there until you’ve read every last word’ Ruta Sepetys, bestselling author of Between Shades of Grey
Wow, where do I even start with this review. This is my fourth attempt and I still can’t get my thoughts into something readable and without spoilers, not because I didn’t like this book but because it was so good. So, apologise if this review turns out to be a hot mess!!
What Beauty There is a dark yet beautifully written book that reeled me in from the very first page. Jack and Matty’s story is told in third person narration from Ava’s point of view and what a heart-breaking story it was. The story follows two brothers Jack and Matty who are left to defend for themselves after their mother commits suicide and their father has been imprisoned for robbery. The story is told over nine days and honestly within the nine days the events that unfold will have your feelings in a whirl.
Although the story was great I feel the characters are what truly made this book. They truly brought the book to life. I liked the mix of characters, from the innocent Matty to the complex main characters Jack and Ava. I found them to be incredibly well developed and believable.
While this book is dark it does delve into happier themes such and friendship and love for family and despite the emotional rollercoaster this is undeniably a book that will stay with me for a while.
This review really doesn’t do this book justice and look forward to seeing what Cory Anderson has for us next. Without a doubt I think everyone should add this debut novel to their TBR’s. I highly recommend it!!