Blog Tour – Maria In The Moon by Louise Beech

Today is my stop on two Orenda Books blog tours! It is always a pleasure to have the opportunity to take part in these tours as I haven’t been let down by an Orenda book yet! I was particularly looking forward to reading Maria In The Moon as I hadn’t read either of Louise Beech’s previous books. Having heard so many wonderful things about Louise’s writing, and intrigued by the premise of her latest, I couldn’t wait to read it!

In Maria In The Moon we meet Catherine Hope, a woman in her early thirties who we soon discover has had a difficult past. But whilst memories of a painful breakup are fresh in her mind, there are long buried memories that she finds more difficult to grasp onto. She doesn’t remember why people stopped referring to her as Catherine-Maria, and she doesn’t remember anything that happened in her ninth year. When Catherine loses her home following the floods that hit Hull in 2007, she volunteers for a Flood Crisis helpline. It is here that she spends her days listening to the turmoil of others, as she tries to heal from her own. But little details come back to her, and past memories start to emerge gradually. It is here that we begin to glimpse the events from a woman’s past, the memories from which she can longer hide…

Whilst I didn’t warm to Catherine immediately, there was a mystery about her and I read on in interest to find out more about her and her past as well as that of those around her. As Catherine’s memories come to the surface, there are hints along the way of what happened to her, but whilst this reveal did not come as a complete surprise there is plenty to savour in the build up and I was quickly drawn in by Beech’s writing. I found this book to be wonderfully written, and there were moments of darkness and moments of poignancy. There are aspects of this story that make for harrowing reading, as it explores some difficult subject matter and the impact of such events on an individual and on a family. Alongside Catherine as she comes to terms with her memories, we see how people protect themselves from their past, and how we can move on when the past is no longer hidden. This is a heart wrenching read, and a story which had me gripped.

Maria In The Moon is a captivating book with intriguing and complex characters. It is a beautifully told story of memory and identity, and an honest portrayal of a woman and her family and the secrets they carry. It is to be published in paperback on 30th September 2017 by Orenda Books. Many thanks to Anne Cater and Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for providing a copy for review.

This review was written as part of the Maria In The Moon blog tour. You can check out the other stops on the tour on the dates and blogs below!

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