Sunday, 30 October 2016

anemogram. by Rebecca Gransden

anemogram. by Rebecca Gransden
Published by Cardboard Wall Empire in August 2015.

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How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the author

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A young girl emerges out of the woods. David is in the middle of wrestling with an unsatisfactory existence when she enters his life. He decides to look out for the girl, but he soon discovers she may not be all she seems. Together they decide to seek out a place of safety, away from a world that could misunderstand their relationship. As their troubles come to the surface, events take a turn that will have life-changing consequences for the both of them.

I didn't know what to expect from anemogram. other than fellow author Harry Whitewolf spoke highly of Gransden's writing so I hoped I would be in for a treat. I certainly was and a perfectly timed Halloween one at that! anemogram. is set in a bleak post-industrial landscape of wastelands and McDonald's car parks that are so richly described that I could almost reach out and touch the rusting wire fences. I loved one moment where a tree consumes the metal through which it grows. We follow a disconcertingly precocious child who names herself differently for each man she latches on to and who is always hungry. Hungry for food and hungry for stories, some of which we read from 'Tinker' - a genuine presence or an imaginary friend? Gransden creates a palpable sense of unease around Rachel/Sarah so I was always aware that 'something bad' was going to happen, but with no idea what. To be honest, I'm still not sure I know exactly what what was going on - I have a theory! - but anemogram. is utterly compelling reading and I am delighted I got the opportunity to discover it.

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