Now this is a really special book. I ‘met’ Amanda Staley when I first started out writing (was it Twitter? or Google+?) and began following each other’s blogs and developing a friendship. There was a point about… 6 months or so in when I was ready to delete all records of my manuscript and resign myself to a real job. I didn’t say anything, I just left the blogging world for a while. She sent me an email to jog me out of that funk and get into editing – it’s something I’ll always be grateful for. She’s also given me feedback on my early drafts, and keeps me laughing with her brilliant sense of humour.
So Amanda released her debut novel Dissonance recently and I ordered a print copy from her. It arrived yesterday, when I was stuck in bed with the flu (ugh!) so I didn’t hesitate to get stuck right in.
I tend to like books that are fast-paced and hold my attention. This is probably one reason I like children’s books so much! Dissonance was a much slower read, but it did hold my attention. It was emotionally heavy – in a good way – and kept me on my toes with little twists and turns. After I was about halfway through I had no idea how it was going to finish, but the ending was beautiful, fitting, and made me smile.
Recommended for readers who like a good drama, and delving into the emotional palette of people.