As If I were a River – Amanda Saint

When we discover the truth about others, we find ourselves…

Kate has a safe, happy, ordinary existence. Or so she thinks. When her husband Jimmy goes missing she is forced to re-evaluate every aspect of her life, and must confront the past to find a future. Kate hasn’t seen her mother, Laura, for 25 years, and she cannot seek solace from her estranged father. Can Una, her paternal grandmother, provide answers about those who have seemingly abandoned her, and help her come to terms with the loss of those she loves?

As If I Were a River is the emotional story of three generations of women and the impact of their actions upon each other…and themselves. It is a story of buried secrets, and of finding the courage to question the life you lead. Are we forever shaped by our past, or can we find redemption in making our own future?

 

Life doesn’t already turn out as planned and as Kate sits at her wooden kitchen table watching the second hand click its way around the wall clock she suddenly realises that her life has dramatically shifted for the worse.

Jimmy only went out for a packet of cigarettes logistically fifteen minutes away, if that, but he never came back and as the chapter opens we learn about Kate’s distress and worry for his whereabouts and welfare.

We hear tales of the past told from the mouth of Kate’s mother Laura and hear the secrets whispered from Una, Kate’s grandmother

The journey of Kate’s story is the basis for the novel. We learn about how people grieve, what they do when their worlds cave in and who they turn to for support. We witness her demise and watch as she gives up hope.

As If I were A River is written from three points of view, spanning across three generations. We hear tales of the past told from the mouth of Kate’s mother Laura and hear the secrets whispered from Una, Kate’s grandmother. Gently the story unwinds as the truth is spoken and Kate tries desperately to survive.

I loved the writing style that Amanda Saint uses, her words are hypnotising and curved at the edges with soft sounds and short sentences, this I like. She writes of ordinary lives that are yet not ordinary but cracks hidden behind the glossy facade.

her words are hypnotising and curved at the edges with soft sounds and short sentences

I recommend this story for being original. It grips you, hooks you in and makes you long for Jimmy’s return. It also has a very good reference to an excellent Maggie O’Farrell book within the pages too.

I look forward to reading more from this talented writer.


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