What an extraordinary book. It is powerful, beautifully written, yet unsettling at times, as it confronts the big themes of childhood and family, loss and loneliness, and belonging. The result is a dreamlike story where memories of the past collide with the present. Then there are the beautiful descriptions of the river, and life on a canal boat. It’s hard to believe this is a debut novel, and easy to see why it was shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker award. I think Daisy Johnson is a writer to look out for in future!
This is dark and twisty and so well written that I could feel the damp and the dirt as I read. A reworking of a Greek tragedy, this debut novel moves through time and character POV with notable skill. Thoughtful and clever, character choices were sometimes a little obvious as Daisy Johnson worked to fit her plot into a predetermined end, but it really wasn't enough to detract from what is a beautifully written and wonderfully told story.
I simply can't wait to read more of her writing. She allows you to read this book with such contemplative flow, yet theres suspense and you'll breeze through it. Every page makes you go inward and think. It is so beautifully written.