Ravine and Marianne were best friends. They practised handstands together, raced slugs, and looked up at the stars and imagined their own constellations. And then, one day, Marianne disappeared.
Ten years later, Ravine lies in a bed in her mother’s council flat, plagued by chronic pain syndrome, writing down the things we remembers. As her words fill page after page, she begins to understand that the only way to conquer her pain is to confront the horrors of her past.
Heartbreaking, seductive and utterly unforgettable, The Things We Thought We Knew is a rich and powerful novel about the things we remember and the things we wish we could forget.
Welcome to my stop on The Things We Thought We Knew blog tour! This is stunning and powerful novel, and it completely blew me away. The really stunning thing about it is the writing, which is crisp and evocative. It really drew me in straight away with it’s magnificent writing style. I was completely hooked as Ravine tells you her story.
I really liked the way that the story alternated between the current day and Ravine’s past, telling you stories from her childhood. It really gave you the opportunity to get to know the character. Sometimes with alternating times the story can be a little clunky, but the two time frames flow seamlessly in The Things We Thought We Knew. Ravine is a really well fleshed out character (as are all the others in the book) she’s complex and realistic and makes for a fascinating protagonist. It was really interesting to learn about the chronic pain syndrome that Ravine has to deal with every day, as well as coping with the disappearance of her best friend Marianne. I also really loved Amma, Ravine’s mum. She’s a strong and fascinating character, getting on with things despite all that she’s been through, and it’s really lovely to see her continually providing love and support to Ravine.
This story is a powerful and heartbreaking one, and really captures life in council estate Britain. The setting is vivid and realistic, and captures the sense that everyone knows exactly what is going on with their neighbours and those that live around them. The Things We Thought We Knew is a really stunning debut novel, and I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Mahsuda Snaith. If you’re looking for a striking and compelling read (one with beautiful prose and a rather gorgeous cover) this book is definitely one for you!
Thanks for checking out my stop on the blog tour, be sure to check out the other stops listed below!