Synopsis: Imagine you could erase your grief.
Imagine you could forget your pain.
Imagine you could hide a secret.
Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.
He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.
In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded.
Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.
I was incredibly lucky to be sent an advanced copy of this book by the team at Borough Press.
Release Date: January 10th 2019
This book was incredible.
My favourite read of this year, and I can’t wait for it to be released in January so that everyone else can read it too!
It was utterly absorbing and enthralling from beginning to end. I loved everything about it; the characters were vivid, honest and fully rounded, the plot had just the right amount of twists and turns and I loved the premise on which the whole book is set around.
Just as if I were a character in the story, where reading a book was forbidden but sucked you in so that you had no concept of how much time had passed, and could picture their lives so vividly; this is how I felt reading this book. I could not and had no desire to put it down, and it has been such a long time since I’ve felt this way whilst reading a book.
The characters were morally flawed and intriguing, and all went on such incredible journeys. There wasn’t one character that I thought was under-developed. There were characters I hated, ones I loved deeply and I just wanted to stay with them long after I turned the final page of the book.
I have so many words that I just want to shout out about this book; it was utterly spellbinding, hopelessly romantic, moving, captivating, magical and simply wonderful.
A sheer delight to read.
I will be recommending this book to absolutely everyone, and I wish I could read it for the first time over and over again, just to experience that magical feeling that I was left with once more.
An easy 5 star review, there’s no question about it.