I am absolutely thrilled to be welcoming Claire Dyer and her latest novel The Last Day to my blog today. I have a great guest post from Claire about other people’s wrongs as well as my review of this wonderful story to share with you.
Thank you to Emily Glenister at The Dome Press for asking me to be part of the tour and for sending me a proof copy of this gorgeous book to read and review.
~ Publisher’s description ~
They say three’s a crowd but when Boyd moves back into the family home with his now amicably estranged wife, Vita, accompanied by his impossibly beautiful twenty-seven-year-old girlfriend, Honey, it seems the perfect solution: Boyd can get his finances back on track while he deals with his difficult, ailing mother; Honey can keep herself safe from her secret, troubled past; and Vita can carry on painting portraits of the pets she dislikes and telling herself she no longer minds her marriage is over.
But the house in Albert Terrace is small and full of memories, and living together is unsettling.
For Vita, Boyd and Honey love proves to be a surprising, dangerous thing and, one year on, their lives are changed forever.
~ My Thoughts ~
The Last Day is an intelligent and compelling story about life, love, loss, and relationships. It is also a clever observation of human nature during certain situations.
When Boyd and his young girlfriend, Honey move into the marital home he shared with Vita and where Vita still lives, it makes for an interesting dynamic. It’s a dynamic which allows for dormant thoughts and feelings for each of them to rise to the surface. The story is told from the points of view of these three brilliantly crafted characters and it is a reflective story. This by no means means it is slow paced. The pace is just right to allow for each character to get under the reader’s skin and to live their journeys with them. It is evident that Claire Dyer has lived and breathed these characters to write with such insight to their inner thoughts and emotions and to draw the reader in this way.
The front cover and the title are spot on! I really liked the cover when I first saw it and I loved it upon finishing the book. It has so much meaning and the designer has captured the story superbly. The Last Day as a title is perfect. When I read the synopsis, I was curious to see how the story would fit with the title. Now that I’ve read it, it is ideal. I won’t go into too much detail for fear of giving away the plot but suffice to say that each of us have lived last days of a life we once knew. It is how we rise back up from it and learn to live with the new beginnings and the changes within ourselves which is important. Claire Dyer has explored this intimately and woven together each characters journey so precisely, that the crescendo of an ending is the right one.
I don’t think I’ve ever knowingly read a novel written by a poet but Claire Dyer’s experience as a poet is evident in these pages through her use of language and precision. Her writing is beautiful and in parts, melodic. I will be seeking out her other novels because if they are as cultivated as The Last Day, I can’t wait!
From its sophisticated front cover through to the very last page of exquisite prose, The Last Day is perfection. I feel so honoured to have had the opportunity to read it ahead of publication.
The Last Day was a pleasure to read and I shall be watching with interest how well it does because it deserves to fly. This is definitely a book to watch out for in 2018 and I highly recommend it!!!
~ Where to find The Last Day ~
The Last Day was published by The Dome Press on 15 February 2018 and is available via the following links:
~ Guest Post by Claire Dyer ~
~ About Claire Dyer ~
Claire Dyer’s novels, The Moment and The Perfect Affair and her short story, Falling For Gatsby are published by Quercus. Her poetry collections, Interference Effects and Eleven Rooms, are published by Two Rivers Press.
She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London and teaches creative writing for Bracknell & Wokingham College. She also runs Fresh Eyes, an editorial and critiquing service.
In 2016, Claire penned and performed a poem for National Poetry Day, called The Oracle, for BBC Radio Berkshire.
Claire’s new book, The Last Day, will be published by The Dome Press in February 2018.
~ Where to find Claire Dyer ~
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