Saturday, 9 June 2018

Book Review: Travelling in the Dark by Emma Timpany

Title: Travelling in the Dark
Author:
Emma Timpany

Publisher:
Fairlight Books

Publication Date: 11 July 2018
Pages:
145
Format:
eBook - EPUB
Genre:
Literary Fiction
Source:
ARC via NetGalley

 


Travelling back to her home town with her young son, Sarah is ready to face up to what she ran away from ten years ago.

As delays and diversions force her to return to well-known places from her youth, Sarah reflects on the relationships with her family and the events of the past that have shaped her present.

Set in the wild, beautiful and unreliable landscape of southern New Zealand, the novella is an evocative story of a woman coming to terms with her past.


Travelling in the Dark was a thoughtful read that switched between the past and present as Sarah made her way back to her hometown while trying to deal with the events that had seen her leave it in the first place. I by no means disliked it--the prose was well written and the pacing nicely handled--but somehow it never completely gripped me, and when it ended, I felt like there was more I still wanted to know and see. A nice novella, with some beautiful descriptive passages, but it lacked that hook to keep me captivated. Even so, a solid 3.5 stars.

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