I have read this book as part of the tour for this heartbreaking, emotional, inspiring book. This book is available as paperback, hardback, eBook, audio-book and audio CD.
An astonishing and unique novel inspired by the author’s own story
Vivian is a cosmopolitan Taiwanese-American tourist who often escapes her busy life in London through adventure and travel.
Johnny is a 15-year-old Irish teenager, living a neglected life on the margins of society.
On a bright spring afternoon in West Belfast, their paths collide during a horrifying act of violence.
In the aftermath, each is forced to confront the chain of events that led to the attack.
Inspired by true events, this is a story of the dark chapters and chance encounters that can irrevocably determine the shape of our lives.
Praise for the Book:
Winner of The Guardian Not The Booker
As covered by YOU Magazine, Daily Mail,
Daily Telegraph, The Times, Metro, The Weekender, The Stylist, Irish Sun, Irish
News, The Scotsman, Irish News, Books Ireland Magazine, BBC World Service, RTE
Radio, BBC Radio Ulster, London Live, The Pool, Crime Writers Association,
English PEN podcast.
STYLIST magazine Top 10 debuts to look out for in 2017
‘An important and moving book’ Cathy Rentzenbrink
‘Complex and rewarding… an important book’-Stylist
‘Dark Chapter is a must-read. It’s gripping, compelling and all the more authentic for inhabiting both voices so completely. Stunning.’ Erin Kelly
‘An authentic, courageous debut, told with unflinching honesty and exceptional insight.’ A.D. Garret
‘A powerful story, compassionately told.’Ros Barber, winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize and The Author’s Club First Novel Award
‘An accomplished debut, an honest and unsparing story.’ Cath Staincliffe
‘I have never found myself rooting for a heroine with more urgency’ Kate Rhodes
‘Deftly written, pacey and unflinching, I could not put it down. Winnie Li is a rare talent with an explosive and timely story. Do not miss it.’ Marti Leimbach, best-selling author of Dying Young and Daniel Isn’t Talking
Highly Commended for the CWA Debut Dagger
When I was approached by Imogen Harris at Legend Press to read this book and be part of a blog tour , I did not respond straight away, I thought about it first. I am not a reader who likes to read about rape, so why would I want to read this? Then I read that it was based on a true story by the victim of this attack, it did make me re think. I changed my mind because I wanted to support this lady, my way of offering my support is to read her book. Her experience inspired the story.
So onto my thoughts regarding the story. At first it was a little confusing, starting at the end, then jumping to the beginning. Then onto the childhood of Vivian, living in America, her education and her love of travel with her arrival to the UK. At the same time as Vivian’s story we are told about Johnny, a teenager of Irish Travellers, his upbringing is very different and hard. Once I had gone a few chapters into the book and understood the switching between characters, then I was well and truly hooked.
The book tells how two people come to be in one place at the same time. How that meeting changed both of their lives. What I found interesting was how the author had also incorporated the thoughts of both the victim and the attacker. It gave a very deep and in-depth perspective. Two views that are so opposite to each other. The characters are different in their mannerisms, outlooks on life, their education, their everything. The book, once I had got used to the style, was then set out in a very logical way. It gives details up to the attack, the attack, the trial and also the after effects of the attack As I read the section regarding the trial especially, I had a lump in my throat, just holding back the tears until the verdict was delivered. At this point I had to put down the book, I could not see through my tears. I was amazed at how caught up I had got in this story.
I found once I had started this book, it was very difficult to put down. There are some uncomfortable reading moments as you would expect. It has an honesty that is heartbreaking, emotional and inspiring. I would recommend this book to readers of contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, crime genres.
I wish to thank Imogen Harris and Legend Press for my copy of this book. My thoughts expressed are my own and are unbiased.
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Legend Press (1 Nov. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785079069
- ISBN-13: 978-1785079061
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About the Author:
Winnie M Li is a writer and producer. A Harvard graduate, she has written for travel guide books, produced independent feature filmes, programmed for film festivals and developed ecotourism projects. After graduating with Distinction in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, she now writes across a range of media (including the Huffington Post), runs arts festivals, and is a PhD researcher at LSE. Winnie lives in London, yet is somewhat addicted to travel Follow Winnie on Twitter
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