Publication Date: Available Now from Faber and Faber
Source: Purchased Copy
Everyone said the Graces were witches.
They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.
They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.
All I had to do was show them that person was me.
Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?
I can’t speak for anyone else but I’m CRAZY about this book. Loved it. Completely.
It is one of those novels that just messes with your head slightly – The Graces are a family who are seemingly magical (it is said they are witches) and River is bound and determined to be their friend. But ulterior motives abound in this story and everyone has their thing…
I loved how Laure Eve kept it fairly ambiguous during the telling – are they Witches? Are they just the kind of rich that seems mysterious? River herself is drawn to them for her own reasons and they keep their own council – but maybe just maybe she can get with the in crowd. But as life shows us over and over again – be careful what you wish for…
It is a beautifully drawn tale of friendships made and broken when you get to the heart of it – all the characters are full of depth and contradictions – I fell for them all for different reasons, took a side, changed my mind, went with it a bit then was hit with an intensely clever and heart stopping ending which made me throw the book down and glare at it for a bit saying WAIT WAIT I need more! Sigh. Blinking authors. Luckily the sequel is out this year so not TOO long to tap my fingers impatiently.
There are some really good themes all hidden in the storytelling here – family ties, growing up and finding your own identity beyond loved ones, the closeness of siblings, its all in here and very beautifully done too. Always with that sense of otherness, the feeling that something is coming you can’t quite grasp and truthfully I didn’t grasp it at all, not really. Just read it. And wait….
The Graces was exactly the book I was looking for – it engaged me, made me want to be part of The Grace family, kept me slightly on edge plus I’m a sucker for a good yarn, this was a darned good yarn.
Bring on book 2! Sooner rather than later please. A pure pleasure of a read.
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