Delighted to join the blog tour for Love Will Tear Us Apart by Holly Seddon today! My thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for the invitation and to the publisher for my gorgeous review copy!
Author : Holly Seddon
Title : Love Will Tear Us Apart
Pages : 352
Publisher : Atlantic / Corvus
Publication date : June 7, 2018
Fearing eternal singledom, childhood friends Kate and Paul make the age-old vow that if they don’t find love by thirty, they will marry each other.
Years later, with the deadline of their 30th birthdays approaching, the unlikely couple decide to keep their teenage promise. After all, they are such good friends. Surely that’s enough to make a marriage?
Now, on the eve of their 10th wedding anniversary, they will discover that love between men and women is more complex, and more precarious, than they could ever have imagined. As Kate struggles with a secret that reaches far into their past, will the couple’s vow become the very thing that threatens their future?
I must say this didn’t turn out the way I expected. I’ve not read any of Holly Seddon’s previous books but I have read reviews about them and so I somehow assumed this would be a psychological thriller. I found myself trying to figure out what the big twist or reveal would be when there wasn’t one. Because this isn’t that kind of novel and if you have read those older books, then I urge you to read this one with an open mind. You won’t be disappointed.
This is a relatively slow novel but it’s wonderfully written and there is a bit of a riddle to solve that intrigued me enough to keep reading. Kate has found a letter hidden away in a book on a shelf which will have an impact on her marriage but who wrote it and what does it say?
The storyline jumps back and forth between the present and the past, taking us on a journey that begins when Kate and Paul meet for the first time as children. They both come from very different backgrounds and Kate’s childhood in particular is quite a sad one, yet they soon become inseparable. With plenty of ups and downs along the way, Kate and Paul always seem to return to one another and it seems rather inevitable that the vow they made to each other to get married if they were still single at the age of thirty, would come to pass. But was it the right decision?
I had a tough time connecting to these characters. I didn’t particularly like any of them and I often found myself slightly angry at the way Paul treated their son, Harry. That said though, I found Holly Seddon did a tremendous job digging into these characters’ complex personalities and I always felt that, although I didn’t necessarily agree with the things they said or did, I could easily see where they were coming from.
Love Will Tear Us Apart is a beautifully written and moving story about friendship and love, trust and honesty. It delves deep into the rather complicated workings of relationships and how well you ever really know someone. Holly Seddon has quite obviously put her heart and soul into this one and I’m not sure I’m doing this novel any justice with my review. It’s a testament to her talent that she is able to switch genres like this and this level of diversity promises nothing but good things from her in the future.
Love Will Tear Us Apart is available to buy!
Holly Seddon is a full-time writer, living in the heart of Amsterdam with her family. Holly has written for newspapers, websites and magazines since her early 20s after growing up in the English countryside, obsessed with music and books.
Holly became a national and international bestseller with her debut, TRY NOT TO BREATHE, in 2016 and followed it in 2017 with DON’T CLOSE YOUR EYES.
LOVE WILL TEAR US APART will be published in June 2018.