Book Review: Perfect by Rachel Joyce

[simpleazon-image align=”left” asin=”0857520679″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”123″][simpleazon-link asin=”0857520679″ locale=”us”]Perfect[/simpleazon-link] by Rachel Joyce My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow!! If I had the final print instead of an uncorrected proof, I’d be quoting this book left and right. It is so beautifully written. The imagery is striking; the observations are witty or profound or both, and the characters are precisely drawn right down to the buttons on their clothes. Even the setting, the moors, is vital to the story. The author makes outstanding use of personification. Everything is animated. Time, in particular, becomes a living, breathing entity that appears to willfully disrupt and destroy. Who or what is to blame for the accident that changes everything? That central question defines this mesmerizing story. The end has a twist and a glimmer of hope. I highly recommend Perfect for fans of literary fiction. The characters and their story will remain with you long after you’ve turned the final page.

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Rachel Joyce’s debut novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, is also a fantastic read.

In accordance with FTC guidelines, please note that I received a free copy of Perfect via LibraryThing Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review.