For those who have never read or heard about the author Louisa Reid, I need to start talking about the first book that New concept published: Wounded Hearts. This book brought a troubled and sad story, where two twin sisters have to fight a father who causes torture in the family in a way that we sometimes see in newspapers. However, one of them has a syndrome that makes her disfigured, needing to deal with society after the loss of her sister. At least one work that needs to be read and absorbed gradually by the pain it causes, but with a lot of lesson.
When Lies like love emerged as a new possibility of reading, I threw myself into a new drama that I knew would be ahead, after all the first experience had been wonderful and the synopsis of this now left me in doubt about how much can be reflected in a mental illness or in a novel.
Audrey's character is a teenager who has been struggling since childhood. Her mother is a woman who lives around her, making sure that nothing goes wrong, always looking to make her take her medication, meeting the most diverse doctors in the mental health field and trying not to let anything go unnoticed. The new life in the interior of England is a strange change, even after a fire that took away the family home. A family made up of Audrey, her mother and her five-year-old brother Peter.
Gradually we get to know the character's life, how shy she is and how her life had nothing new. The author was sparing details and I even thought that the story was not reaching its goal, since the introduction was that Audrey has a mental illness like depression and that she listens and sees things that make her freak out.
“There is a way, if you think hard enough, to get them to stop hurting. Anything. But I shouldn't be afraid, my dad always said don't worry, whistling and waving my arm when he accompanied me to school so many years ago, and I looked up and he was a hero, the safest thing in the world . Don't worry, be happy, Aud, he said. And I felt a warmth for a moment, remembering. ”
Leo is a second character that will make the story a little more of a romance. He is the oldest boy and Audrey's neighbor. He is not that total perfection, he also had and has his problems, but he is like a freshness in the girl's life. And it is with him that both Audrey and Peter will meet new questions of life and especially Audrey, knowing the meaning of the word love and security.
The book for some moments is in these comings and goings between the characters, but the author gradually introduces the issue of the disease. I felt a little more the need for action, to show something more consistent and this happened from the middle to the end. And then I got scared. The diagnosis is a mystery until it becomes true and then I understood what the phrase on the final cover of the book said: Disturbing, an exciting story.
Completely disturbing. Something that I didn't even know existed, being that I consider myself a person who understands a little about the world of these crazy things today. But what the character comes to face is a dark, frightening and mind-boggling world. It never occurred to me that this was possible and during the reading until the end I was wondering if I didn't let a situation like this pass in my life. Fear. Quite afraid. This is what someone who lives like this must feel all the time.
“I turned to go, but the Thing was blocking the door and I couldn't get through it, and in that heat, a drop of sweat ran down my neck, down the shoulder blades and back. The Thing pushed me forward again, against the edge of the stove, and the water churned and spilled and bubbled and splashed and burned and I screamed. ”
The ending should be no different, however hopeful. But the author brought an ideal intonation to reality. Nothing is like fairy tales or romances from the period when everything happens happily. Once again I remember the phrase and the word: disturbing. Yes, at least, but totally fascinating.