‘Best comparison … Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland’

A fabulous indie book. The story of a pianist struggling with debilitating pain — who gets drawn into a hypnotherapeutic connection with her future life (as in, her reincarnation)

I’m a physicist by training and a skeptic, so you wouldn’t think I’d care for that storyline. But this book is immersive, haunting, thought-provoking. It’s also a hard book to write about. Best comparison I could think of would be Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland, although this book uses its double narrative in a more straightforward fashion (which personally I appreciate). In some ways the book follows the tropes of the supernatural romance and you expect a sparkly vampire to spring up, but then the book goes another direction entirely. . . there’s also a creepy English town with an Innsmouth atmosphere. . . a musician’s obsession with her craft and instrument. . . various disparate themes that weave together beautifully.

Anyway, I finished the read in a single sitting, which for me is extremely rare. Perhaps I liked it so much because of the many personal ways in which it spoke to me — others may have a different reaction. I did have some quibbles with the climax and ending, and also with the occasional detail of musical discussion, but overall I loved this book and highly recommend it!

Tom C

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