Saturday, 8 August 2015

Review: Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby

Rose Haldane is confident about her identity. She pulls the same face as her grandfather when she has to do something she doesn’t want to do, she knows her DNA is the same as his. Except it isn’t: because Rose is adopted and doesn’t know it.

Ignoring Gravity connects two pairs of sisters separated by a generation of secrets. Finding her mother’s lost diaries, Rose begins to understand why she has always seemed the outsider in her family, why she feels so different from her sister Lily. Then just when she thinks there can’t be any more secrets…

This is the first in a series of novels about Rose Haldane, identity detective. The second, Connectedness, will be published in 2015.

My Thoughts:
This book genuinely surprised me. Reading the first couple of pages I almost put it down but I am really glad I didn't make that mistake because as it drew me in I found it increasingly difficult to stop reading.

I love books about secrets and this was no exception. Solving this puzzle was literally like peeling layers off an onion. A chance discovery of an old diary turns Rose's world upside down causing her to question her identity and initiate her search for her other family.

The less than perfect, even flawed nature of the characters in this book made them believable and the situations easy to relate to. I liked the way the story contrasted the sisters, the way they were so different. One so desperate for a child the other more concerned with life and career, also how this was mirrored into the past giving the story more depth. I liked too the way they both changed too as the story developed, as weakness became strength.

The story pulled together well, with sufficient plot twists and quiet a few surprises. There is a romance in here too, but this is more story than romance with the emphasis on relationships rather than romance.

Highly recommended debut novel. Whilst promoted as the first in a new series this book is complete in itself and easily stands alone.

(Review copy gratefully received from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.)

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Publisher: Beulah Press; 1 edition (21 Nov. 2014)

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