Friday, 11 December 2020

The Sound of Your Soul by Anna Cookson

The Sound of Your Soul by Anna Cookson

Published by Pegasus on the 22nd November 2018.

How I got this book: Received a review copy via Rachel's Random Resources

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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There are no fish, in the future. We killed them.

But it's not just the ghosts of the shoals making artist Cally Dune unhappy. Her husband has gone. Vanished, after being called up for the President's new ‘Training Scheme'.

"No body ever comes back the same." Worried whispers drift through the pubs, gathering like rainclouds to drip their paranoia into Cally's mind, which is already marinaded in grief for Simon and fear about being called to Training herself.

Letting the wine flow into the places where it hurts, Cally stumbles into the arms of a clammy banker and unwittingly discovers a disturbing and painful secret. She is propelled on a journey through the dust of Africa and the hidden tunnels deep below London...unravelling the fading scrolls of the ancient Egyptians and illuminating their lurid hieroglyphics.

And ultimately towards a heartbreaking save her marriage or save her soul.

Because now there's something else at stake.

They are coming for it.

And it's inside her.

I loved reading The Sound Of Your Soul and am very grateful to Rachel's Random Resources for giving me this review opportunity. The novel is set in a near-future dystopian London which Cookson poetically describes with a true artist's eye. I was impressed by her prose style. I would describe The Sound Of Your Soul as somewhere between Terry Tyler and Mhani Alaoui, but with hints of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere and George Orwell's 1984. I hope that's tempting your literary tastebuds?

Artist Cally Dune is an interesting character whose quirky view on the world keeps her somewhat distanced from other people while, at the same time, meaning she finds herself drawn into situations that many folks I think would shy away from. I could often empathise with her social awkwardness. Her interactions with her husband, Simon, manage to stay just on the cute side of adorable although his constant facetiousness would irritate me intensely if I had to live with it! My favourite character, in a love-to-hate way, though was the ghastly President with his daily 'let's do it, people' broadcasts. Brilliantly cringeworthy and a scarily plausible possibility.

I don't want to risk spoilers in talking about the plot, but will say that the narrative kept me curious and entranced throughout. I was always intrigued to see what each new page would bring. Cookson's weaving in of spiritual threads is sympathetically and convincingly well done. The Sound Of Your Soul is an excellent debut novel with a strong sense of place and compelling, imaginative premise.

Meet the author   

Anna Cookson is an award winning TV and radio presenter, currently hosting the breakfast show on BBC Radio Kent. She can also be heard on BBC Radio London and in her work as a voiceover artist.

Anna has broadcast for some big names including Radio 1, QVC, Magic, Kiss, LBC, Capital and Heart. She won a New York Award for her chat show, Girls Talk, which was also nominated for a Sony Academy Award.

When she's not talking or writing, you'll find her travelling the world, climbing mountains and running marathons. She also enjoys practicing yoga, reiki and painting.

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