August by Bernard Beckett

August3.5 stars from me

Well what an odd little book this is!

I struggled to know how to rate it really as it is so unlike anything else I’ve read. August has two central characters who are trapped, upside down, in a crashed car – both with serious injuries and in substantial pain.

The books takes you through the journey each of them took literally from the beginning to arrive at this moment in time. The stories are intriguing and unconventional without much in the way of happiness – overall it isn’t a happy book!

The only reason I’ve marked it 3.5 rather than 4 is that I felt it did drag on a bit in places within the individual stories. Yet some of them utterly drew me in – as I said initially it’s a hard one to rate. Do you know what – you are just going to have to find a copy and read it for yourself!

Synopsis: Trapped in a car wreck, upside down, bleeding and in pain, Tristan and Grace are staring at death. When dawn breaks they might be seen from the road and rescued, or not. 

They wait desperately holding onto life, unravelling the sequence of events that brought them together. 

Tristan is a philosopher struggling with the question of free will. Grace’s life of hardship allows no place for such ideas. But a brief encounter changes their lives, setting them on a collision course with love and death – and each other.


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