This week’s book is an eerie story of lust, love, determination and, above all, the ocean. With some of the most stunning descriptions I’ve ever read, this book is sure to stay with you for a long, long time.
Storm and Grace will leave you questioning everything.
Storm and Grace
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Right from the beginning of this book, something is off. There are perfectly out-of-place paragraphs pleading with you to look deeper, to see the truth. And the reality is that the truth is hard to find – even when it’s staring you in the face. Cryptic, I know, but once you read this book you’ll see what I mean. Kathryn Heyman does an incredible job of putting something right underneath our noses, yet making sure we don’t see it.
It doesn’t take long for Grace to fall in love with Storm Hisray, the world-famous free diver. Right from the start she is smitten, and it is quickly obvious that she will follow him wherever he leads – that being his island, where he teaches the art of free diving to eager students. Soon, however, it is Grace who becomes his student. His project. As she dives deeper and deeper, we discover more of Storm’s secrets and the fine line that exists between love and control.
Storm and Grace features descriptions of the ocean that makes you feel as though you’re down there, lungs burning and body compressing. Kathryn Heyman has an incredible talent for creating not just a story, but a total experience through her poetic structure. It’s easy to be swept away by this book, not only because it’s so well-written, but because this is a story that is not often told, and we want to know how it ends.
After a while, we as readers see the ending coming. We suddenly realise the direction that the story is headed, and we battle with ourselves to get to the final pages. We can’t put the book down, yet somehow we’re not sure we want to keep reading. I’ll be blunt – the conclusion is brutal and honest, but that shouldn’t be a bad thing. The subject matter screams out for such an unflinching ending, and I think Kathryn Heyman deals with it in an incredibly powerful way.
Storm and Grace is in no way an easy read. Not because of the way it’s written, but because of the subject matter. It’s worth mentioning that it could potentially be triggering for anyone who’s dealt with abusive relationships. If you can make your way through it, however, I truly think you’ll enjoy it. The way this story is told is so damn important.
This book is perfect for anyone wanting an escape. You’ll become swept up in the literature and dazzled by the characters. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself subconsciously holding your breath while Grace or Storm dive into the depths. You’ll feel love and sadness and anger and fear, and to be honest, you’ll love every page of it.
You can find your own copy of Storm and Grace on Book Depository right here, with free shipping worldwide. Get on it, I know you won’t be disappointed. If you read this book, or have already read it – be sure to let me know! I’d love to hear your feedback.
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