REVIEW: The Reckoning, Clár Ni Chonghaile #BLOGTOUR

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

I have a story to tell you, Diane. It is my story and your story and the story of a century that remade the world. When we reach the end, you will be the ultimate arbiter of whether it was worth your time. You will also sit in judgment on me.In a cottage in Normandy, Lina Rose is writing to the daughter she abandoned as a baby. Now a successful if enigmatic author, she is determined to trace her family’s history through the two world wars that shaped her life. But Lina can no longer bear to carry her secrets alone, and once the truth is out, can she ever be forgiven?

Clár Ni Chonghaile’s The Reckoning is a fraught, deeply powerful and conflicted emotional rollercoaster; an unflinching portrayal of the war-torn global landscape of the twentieth century. It is a profound mediation on grief, life in a war-zone, post-traumatic stress disorder and the ways in which the horrors of war can adversely and irreparably affect the fabrics of a person’s life.
The Reckoning draws attention to the generations of the population who had to deal with the ricocheting effects of both of the World Wars at the beginning of the century - with both the protagonist’s father and husband being traumatised by the horrors they experience on the battlefield - and both the expected, and the unexpected, consequences that they had on the rest of their lives.
Told in a series of letters, that is evocative of the style of Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist (a truly wonderfully-told tale), The Reckoning is horrific, emotional, brave and wonderful all rolled into one.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to NetGalley and Legend Press for sending me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. And for allowing me to partake in this blog tour (I love you)

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