BOOK REVIEW: CASSONDRA WINDWALKER – IDLE HANDS

Today on the blog it’s a blog tour! And it’s all about Idle Hands by Cassondra Windwalker.

I’m very excited to be part of the blog tour for Cassondra Windwalker’s novel Idle Hands published by Agora Books. But first… what’s it about? Here’s the synopsis:

You can call me Ella. You generally assign me a whole host of other preposterous monikers. I think the least imaginative name I’ve heard is “the devil”, but I’ll answer to it if I must.

After making the courageous decision to leave her abusive husband, Perdie and her three young children start over and finally find the safety and love they deserve. But years later, when tragedy strikes, Perdie is left wondering if the choice she made to leave has led them to this moment.

If she were given the opportunity to take it all back and stay, would she?

In a frantic bid to protect her family, Perdie makes a deal with the devil to do just that. But in a world where the devil pulls the strings, can Perdie really change the past?

Brimming with enlightened observations and brilliant voice, Idle Hands is a haunting examination of grief, resilience, and what we’d give to spend another moment with the ones we love.

Sounds good, right? If I’m being honest, this isn’t the type of book that I would normally pick up but the cover intrigued me and I thought I would give it a go. And I’m so glad I did because it’s a brilliant reading experience and I couldn’t put it down.

There’s a lot to like in this book. I like the writing style – it’s lyrical, fluid, observant and compulsive. There are a lot of themes at play in the novel too: from grief, death, marriage, family, the idea of whether you can change your past, and so much more. One of the things I really loved about it is the structure – it’s playful and again, surprising and the structure is the perfect fit for this type of story.

The characters are brilliant, too. From the slippery, layered Ella, to Perdie and her family… they are all brilliantly observed and well-written. If you’re looking for a new read that will take you on a journey (or two), look no further. As it says on the cover, the devil is in the details…

Overall, not the type of book I would normally pick up but it was still an enjoyable read and I’m glad I read it. There were a few niggles for me but still an enjoyable read.

A big thank you to Agora Books for the copy of the book and my spot on the blog tour! They publish great books that will keep you turning the pages… and don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog tour here:

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Idle Hands is published on 23rd July on Kindle and out in paperback on 20th August.

Have you read Idle Hands yet? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you,

Corey.

 

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