Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Last Night in Montreal

Following on from my last read Station Eleven (you can find my review here), the next book on my list was Last Night in Montreal also written by Emily St James. This was an accidently pick; I purchased it from the Amazon Kindle bookstore whilst I was shopping for Station Eleven. That’s what happens when you shop from your greased up phone you can barely see on a sun lounger in Kos! I wish I was still in Kos.

Anyway, it was a very successful accidental buy. I actually enjoyed it more than the book I was meant to get. I ended up starting and finishing it during my train journeys to and from the north for the Bank Holiday weekend, so It was rather perfectly timed.

As per Station Eleven, the book flicks around in time, but I felt that it was much more natural in this story. Perhaps because there are only a few characters in this book; although the times change we follow the same characters.

Lilla is seven years old when she is abducted from her home in the dead of the night by her father whom she hasn’t seen in over a year. From this point on, she lives her life on the road, running from a past she has no memory of. She grows older, her dad stops running but she can’t. She doesn’t know how to stand still. She meets Eli, who studies dead languages, in New York. They fall for each other, she moves in, but she can’t stay. In his quest to find her, Eli ends up in Montreal, a city desperately trying to keep its language alive, and his story ends up intertwined with someone from Lisa’s past.

Overall, a good read that raises interesting questions and leaves you thinking. And the perfect length for a journey to and back from Newcastle !


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