This is Probably the hardest book review I have ever written.
I contemplated writing this because of 1) the subject matter 2) My reaction to this book. I’ve put on my Big Girl pants, so here goes…
First off, this book is about an incestuous relationship between a brother and a sister. There I said it… Obviously, this book is controversial and taboo, BUT it’s one of the most moving, shocking books I have ever had the pleasure to read.
“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.”
Let’s start with the title & cover. Many books I’ve read have the same title. Mostly Paranormal books, where ones an angel the other a demon.. etc.. But really I don’t think the author could have picked a better one. The cover is genius. The barbed wire indicates prison and of course in a heart shape, which only reinforces the Forbidden part.
“At the end of the day it’s about how much you can bear, how much you can endure. Being together, we harm nobody; being apart, we extinguish ourselves.”
Prior to reading this book, I had not read anything by this author, and I haven’t read anything since, although when I look back, I can’t say why.
You know when people say they have a Book Hangover… I couldn’t stop thinking about this book WEEKS later, that’s how heart-wrenching this story is. The Story is slow, to begin with, but I liked the Britishness of it all.
“Out of the millions and millions of people that inhabit this planet, he is one of the tiny few I can never have.”
I come from a working Class background so I could relate to some of it, but (and I don’t know if this is harmful to the book or not) it was based on what I call ‘benefits Britain’- I don’t mean to be derogative but think Jeremy Kyle.
Their situation, I’m sure nowadays, isn’t unusual, but it is tragic, made only better/worse for their love for each other.
“There are no laws, no boundaries on feelings.We can love each other as much and as deeply as we want.No one, Maya, no one can ever take that away from us.”
I recommend this book to everyone. Ignore your initial misconceptions. Give it a go, you will not be disappointed.
WARNING: This book will make you Laugh, ugly Cry, Gasp, and possible throw it across the Room.
“As the light begins to intensify, so does my misery, and I wonder how it is possible to hurt so much when nothing is wrong.”