Format: Paperback (ARC)
Source: Sent by author
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 3rd June 2021
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“Twenty years ago, Hugo and Ash were on top of the world. As the acclaimed rock band Ashbirds they were poised for superstardom. Then Ash went missing, lost in a mountaineering accident, and the lives of Hugo and everyone around him were changed forever. Irrepressible, infuriating, mesmerizing Ash left a hole they could never hope to fill.
Two decades on, Ash’s fiancée Elza is still struggling to move on, her private grief outshone by the glare of publicity. The loss of such a rock icon is a worldwide tragedy. Hugo is now a recluse in Nepal, shunning his old life. Robert, an ambitious session player, feels himself both blessed and cursed by his brief time with Ashbirds, unable to achieve recognition in his own right.
While the Ashbirds legend burns brighter than ever, Elza, Hugo and Robert are as stranded as if they were the ones lost in the ice. How far must they go to come back to life?
A lyrical, page-turning novel in the tradition of Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, Ever Rest asks how we carry on after catastrophic loss. It will also strike a chord with fans of Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings and Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones for its people bonded by an unforgettable time; fans of Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, for music as a primal and romantic force; and Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air for the deadly and irresistible wildernesses that surround our comfortable world.”
My Thoughts & Review
Ever Rest the rising success of a young rock band. Life could get very crazy and to escape of the two members, Hugo and Ash take to climbing. Ash decides it’s time to climb Everest. Sadly, things don’t go to plan. Only one of the two climbers returns and twenty years on those close to the one who didn’t return are still struggling to come to terms the death.
I’ve not really read many books around the music industry so found it very interesting, but when it came to the events on Everest I struggled. Not because I didn’t enjoy the story or writing but because two years ago a very close family friends lost their son while he was doing a charity climb up Everest. Putting that aside I thought this was really well written and enjoyed the multi-layered plot.
Although I found most of the characters unlikeable I did enjoy the multiple perspectives from each of the characters. It allowed me to understand the characters more and also made them more realistic.
Although I had a difficult time reading this one, overall, a heart-warming and thought provoking read that pulls in you and doesn’t let you go even after you’ve finished the book. Definitely recommend.
A big thank you to Roz for reaching out and sending me a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Trigger Warnings: Death, Grief, Loss of a loved one
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