Release date - 2nd March 2017
Book length - 304 pages
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - Because I Was Lonely
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.
Because I was Lonely traces the rollercoaster of actions and reactions experienced by a cast of credible, fallible, and ultimately human, characters. Hayley Mitchell carefully captures their emotions and handles the multiple viewpoints deftly, in this cleverly crafted, unputdownable debut novel.
Life and all of its complexities and complications are deftly and beautifully dealt with in this gripping novel about human emotions. We meet Rachel and Adam, who briefly knew each other when they were adolescents, who reconnect online at a pinnacle point in their adult lives. They are both suffering from deeply traumatic events in their lives, trying to recover some semblance of normality and control for the sake of their families and their own sanity - trying desperately to reach outside of the void of depression and loneliness, even though it is easier not to feel anything. And through messaging each other they find some aspect of who they used to be and who they want to be again, and they cling to their communication like a lifeboat in a stormy sea. But to be human is to make mistakes and as they justify their addiction to each other by letting us see themselves and their spouses in all of their chaos, the author also shows us what life is like for those in the background, by giving us a real insight to David and Julia, Rachel and Adam's other halves. But when does something relatively straight-forward like reconnecting with the past, step over the boundary into obsession? And what do you do when virtual reality and reality collide?
You know a book is a triumph when you neglect doing the housework for the day just so you can get to the ending, and when you get to the ending you're screaming - "Oh my God, I want more!!" BECAUSE I WAS LONELY by Hayley Mitchell is an unbelievably gripping read, that will drag every possible emotion from the reader, as you are compelled to find out what is happening between Rachel and Adam. I love the fact that the book is written from different points of view as it really lets you get to know Rachel and Adam, as well as David and Julia, who are so much more than just uncaring spouses. The characterisation, the plot, the pacing of the story, is all top notch, and I cannot wait to read more from Hayley Mitchell. BECAUSE I WAS LONELY is a must-read for 2017 and I am certain we are going to be hearing a lot about this stunning debut.
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖📖 5**********************
Hayley Mitchell spends most of the time writing books in her head and was finally able to put finger to keyboard and capture some of the words in the form of her debut novel Because I Was Lonely. A Law graduate she has spent most of her life working with people and much of her career as an advice worker for charities. Always fascinated by people and their relationships she began to write fiction. She is very lucky to live in Wiltshire with her husband, whose support has been invaluable and their two children who amuse, inspire and exhaust her everyday. She now divides her time between her family, running a small business encouraging creativity in children and writing her second novel. For more information:
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*I would like to thank Anna at Red Door Publishing, and Hayley Mitchell, for the wonderful opportunity to review this book, and be a part of this great Blog Tour!
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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