#BookReview of Nothing else by louise beech @LouiseWriter @OrendaBooks @RandomTTours #NothingElse #OrendaBooks #ZooloosBookDiary

Posted June 21, 2022 by Zoé in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

#BookReview of Nothing else by louise beech @LouiseWriter @OrendaBooks @RandomTTours #NothingElse #OrendaBooks #ZooloosBookDiaryNothing Else by Louise Beech
Published by Orenda Books on June 23, 2022
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Pages: 276
Also by this author: The Lion Tamer Who Lost, Call Me Star Girl

A professional pianist searches for her sister, who was taken when their parents died, aided on by her childhood care records and a single song that continues to haunt her.
Heather Harris is a piano teacher and professional musician, whose quiet life revolves around music, whose memories centre on a single song that haunts her. A song she longs to perform again. A song she wrote as a child, to drown out the violence in their home. A song she played with her little sister, Harriet.
But Harriet is gone … she disappeared when their parents died, and Heather never saw her again.
When Heather is offered an opportunity to play piano on a cruise ship, she leaps at the chance. She’ll read her recently released childhood care records by day – searching for clues to her sister’s disappearance – and play piano by night … coming to terms with the truth about a past she’s done everything to forget.
An exquisitely moving novel about surviving devastating trauma, about the unbreakable bond between sisters, Nothing Else is also a story of courage and love, and the power of music to transcend – and change – everything.

Ok, why do I ALWAYS forget the bloody tissues when reading a book by Louise. I didn’t break at this book, I’m still haunted by The Lion Tamer Who Lost but this story was beautiful. The tale of Heather and Harriet was heartbreaking and sad and to see where they were in their present was hard.

Heather was far more affected by their past and that hurt but yet she didn’t have all the answers. Harriet had them and gosh was that hard too!

I loved this story, the sights and scenery. I felt I was on the cruise ship with Heather listening to the music, savouring the magic of it all. I can imagine she was mesmerising to watch. And then when we have that scene, that was it, the dams broke and I couldn’t stop crying.

Louise’s writing is melancholy, evocative and haunting but beautiful, always beautiful. She writes these amazing stories, with so much darkness but the light to counter it and it’s so pure. I am just in awe of how she does this. And how much she can make you cry!!!!! Gosh! She can pull those heartstrings so tightly with her characters and words and boy in the second half of this book, she does that!

This is a book to experience, not to be told about. It’s one that I easily lost a few hours in, taking in the journey.

Until next time xxx

Thank you so much to Anne at Random Things Tours for the tour invite and the author and publisher for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About Louise Beech

Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be
Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The sequel, The Mountain in
My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Her third book, Maria in
the Moon, was widely reviewed and critically acclaimed. Her short fiction has
won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the
Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport
Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of
Hull, and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre,
where her first play was performed in 2012

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