Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan

The blurb …

It happened,  

            again and again 

            and 

again and again and again. 

Together 

                apart. 

In love 

                in aching. 

Tangled 

unravelling. 

Ana and Connor have been having an affair for three years. In hotel rooms and coffee shops, swiftly deleted texts and briefly snatched weekends, they have built a world with none but the two of them in it.  

But then the unimaginable happens, and Ana finds herself alone, trapped inside her secret. 

How can we lose someone the world never knew was ours? How do we grieve for something no one else can ever find out? In her desperate bid for answers, Ana seeks out the shadowy figure who has always stood just beyond her reach – Connor’s wife Rebecca.  

Peeling away the layers of two overlapping marriages, Here is the Beehive is a devastating excavation of risk, obsession and loss.

My review …

I absolutely loved this book, it is beautiful and heartbreaking and I would go as far as to say it is the best book I’ve read this year!

Sarah Crossan writes with the most beautiful melancholic prose with such an individual style that I’ve never read anything like it before. The book is about flawed protagonist Ana, a married probate lawyer who has been having an affair with a client, Connor, for three years when he dies suddenly and tragically. Ana is in the remarkable position of having to give her lover’s wife, Rebecca, legal advice after he dies and she abuses her position by befriending Rebecca in an attempt to gain answers to all of her questions left unanswered in Connor’s absence.

The paragraphs flit back and forth time wise so you have to concentrate on what you’re reading but this is no chore as every paragraph is perfectly succinct and no words are wasted making this an enthralling and quick read.

I enjoyed how snippets of information about Ana are released slowly throughout the story with excellent observations of family life.  Nothing is made a song and dance of, it’s just quietly told.

The author gives us a fascinating insight into the psyche and life of a mistress, always waiting and obsessive and invisible and then the agony of losing her lover and having to suffer a secret grief alone.  And also the devastating effect an affair can have on a marriage.

I struggle with reviews where I loved the book so much that I want to discuss everything but I can’t because of spoilers! I found the ending absolutely heartbreaking in the way that it shows such complexities of human emotion, that it gave me goosebumps.

I could quote so many beautiful lines from this book but this is one of my favourites;

‘I am prized – steal me

I am desolate – save me’

I just loved it!

Thank you very much to Netgalley and the Bloomsbury Publishing for my ARC 💛

This book will be published on 20th August 2020

About the author …

Sarah Crossan has lived in Dublin, London and New York, and now lives in Hertfordshire.  She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and drama teacher at the University of Cambridge.  Crossan was the Laureate na nog (Ireland’s Children’s Literature Laureate) from 2018 to 2020.  Here is the Beehive is her first novel for adults.

@SarahCrossan

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