*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Blurb: When Cassandra Lee’s handsome physicist husband disappears one autumn day, none of her attempts at normality work very well. A year later she is still unable to focus, still trying to escape the painful reality of her new life. A secret, accidentally revealed, changes Cassandra’s life in ways she could never imagine, as reality intersects with the seemingly impossible.
This book blew me away. I had to read it in one sitting (luckily it isn’t a long or onerous read) because I just could not put it down. The plot is gripping, the main character engaging and sympathetic, and the language and tone are beautiful, mysterious, evocative.
There is a strange mixture in both plot and tone of the romantic, nostalgic sadness of a woman struggling to come to terms with the loss of her life’s love, and the thrilling excitement of a sci-fi mystery adventure. The author flips between the two effortlessly, twisting the storyline back and forth as she delicately braids the various threads together, until by the end the reader is completely unsure what is ‘real’ and what has ‘really happened’.
And in all honesty, it doesn’t matter. Whatever the ‘true’ explanation the individual reader feels is the right one, they all work together or separately, and the peace that Cassandra feels by the end of her Last Days is contagious. I put the book down feeling meditative, peaceful and still slightly elated: I was in the book, being Cassandra, feeling what she felt. Truly immersive literature.
A year or so after her husband disappeared, and her near and dear ones had run out of reasons to keep her under observation, Cassandra Lee began to inhabit her body less and less.
– Sumitra Menon, The Last Days of Cassandra Lee
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