by West Camel
It’s my stop on the “Attend” blog tour! Orenda Books have provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, so thank you to Anne Cater for the invite. If you’d like to learn more about this book, check out the other blogs on the tour, see what people have to say on Goodreads and head over to the author’s Twitter page.
When Sam falls in love with Deptford thug Derek, and Anne’s best friend Kathleen takes her own life, they discover they are linked not just by a world of drugs and revenge; they also share the friendship of the uncanny and enigmatic Deborah. Seamstress, sailor, storyteller and self-proclaimed centenarian immortal, Deborah slowly reveals to Anne and Sam her improbable, fantastical life, a history of hidden Deptford and ultimately the solution to their crises.
“Attend” is an imaginative story of three individuals whose paths cross in the most unexpected way.
Anne is a recovering heroin addict with damaged relationships with her family. Sam is a young gay man whose recently moved to Deptford and is still trying to find his feet. Deborah is an old lady who feels that the world has forgotten her.
Sam and Anne both individually meet Deborah and the majority of the book switches perspectives between the three of them. It’s not until later that all three come together for the books conclusion but it’s very tricky to explain much more without spoiling the story.
“Attend” isn’t really all that complex in its plot, but when you step back and think about the themes it covers, you realise that it’s a lot deeper than it first seems. Filled with magical realism that makes you question what you believe, the story kept me on edge while I tried to act as a detective, pulling the pieces of the story together.
Overall rating: I enjoyed this magical story and I enjoyed questioning what was really going on. “Attend” is imaginative and well written which makes it a good read in my books! Let’s see what author West Camel comes up with next!