A dark and compelling novel about what it means to be in control…
Love hurts … but should it hurt this much? Reeling from her mum’s sudden departure, Anna finds the comfort she needs in her blossoming relationship with Will. He’s handsome and loving, everything Anna has always dreamt of. He’s also moody and unpredictable, pushing her away from her friends, her music. He wants her to be his and his alone. He wants her to be perfect. Anna’s world is closing in. But threatening everything is a dark secret that not even Will can control… Eve Ainsworth’s gripping second novel is a pitch-perfect exploration of love at its most powerful, addictive and destructive.
Welcome to the blog tour for Crush by Eve Ainsworth, run by the lovely Faye Rogers PR! This novel is a dark and gripping one, and is something that I enjoyed immensely. Recently I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy fiction so it was nice to take a step back from dragons and magic, and read about something real. Because that’s exactly what this story is about, people living in the real world, coping with life’s problems – Anna’s mum has walked out on her family – and what happens in an abusive relationship. This is by no means a light and fun read, but it’s engaging, moving and a well thought out story.
The whole novel is paced very well, the relationship between Anna and Will unfolds very naturally, and it doesn’t feel rushed like many novels which focus on the relationship between two people. The book is very well written and makes a subject which people would find uncomfortable to read about, one that is much more approachable. I think that one of the most interesting things about this book is that it highlights that not everything is black and white. Your perspective of a relationship is only one side of the coin, and what motives a person to do what they do isn’t always what you think it will be. It’s a fascinating look into humanity and relationships.
If you’re looking for some realist fiction – something that feels so genuine that I wouldn’t be surprised to find Will and Anna were real people – then Crush could be exactly what you’re looking for. It’s not the easiest subject choice, but it’s an addictive read that’s well worth the time it takes to read it.
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