A War like Ours by Saffron A. Kent
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a dark read cataloging the serendipitous meeting of two characters James and Madison with shared, yet different pain. This book revolves around multiple aspects of pain both physical and metaphysical. A WAR LIKE OURS was a twisty, unusual book that difficult to read at times due to the fragmented characters and relationships.
Madison is in a relationship with Julia; Madison being the dependant and Julia the fixer. Madison is crippled emotionally by past events, existing but in pain. James arrives at the holiday village with his daughter, Katie. If I thought Madison was troubled, I soon reset my viewpoint when I met James. He was another level of troubled, pained and messed-up and Madison found herself utterly drawn to James and his daughter. I did not like either of the MCs, even as the book progressed I couldn't connect with either of them. Their thoughts and actions were desperate and sometimes a little too extreme for me to believe in their story.
I found the writing a little chaotic. I am unsure if this was purposeful considering this personified the MCs, however it made the narrative difficult to follow at times. I think this book will appeal to those fans of dark reads, especially readers that are open minded regarding emotional and physical pain. It was an interesting debut and I would consider reading a less dark read by this author.
A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for a honest review.
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