What happens when two people who used to be friends, reconnect years later?
Meet Rachel. She’s trapped in a sleep-deprived world of misery and grief. She used to love being a wife and mum, but now life is a grown-up mess.
Meet Adam. He’s trapped in a world of grief and confusion. It wasn’t always like this, but since the accident, things have never been the same.
Rachel and Adam used to be friends, back in the days before marriage and babies… in the days before loneliness set in. Then along came Facebook. So when Rachel and Adam rekindle their online friendship, what starts as a little harmless flirtation soon becomes an obsession, and slowly the threads of their lives unravel before them.
Today is my stop on the blog tour for the wonderful Because I was Lonely. This is an absolutely stunning début, and one that I absolutely flew through. The book focuses in on the relationship between two characters Adam and Rachel, as they reconnect after falling out of friendship. The book allows the perspectives of both characters, which can be jarring for some, but it really gave the reader is given the opportunity to really get to know the characters in depth. They are really well fleshed out, and whilst not the most likeable, they are incredibly realistic. They aren’t perfect people, they have their own limitations and flaws.
I don’t want to say too much about what happens in the story – it really is one that is best just to sit down and enjoy – but the book manages to deal with mental health topics in a really refreshing way. The book is split into two parts, with the latter half being more fast paced than the first. The first half of the book really lets you in on the characters, whilst the latter is more tense and plot driven. I thought this was a fantastic way to set the story up, by the time I got to the second half of the book I was so invested in the characters I just could not put it down.
This début really is a fantastic one. It’s well written, and the whole plot develops really well. It was a real pleasure to read, and I really can’t wait to see what Hayley has in store next! Thank you for checking out my stop on the Because I Was Lonely blog tour, check out the poster below for the rest of the stops!