All We Shall Know
Melody Shee is alone and in trouble. Her husband doesn't take her news too well. She doesn't want to tell her father yet because he’s a good man and this could break him. She’s trying to stay in the moment, but the future is looming – larger by the day – while the past won’t let her go. What she did to Breedie Flynn all those years ago still haunts her.
It’s a good thing that she meets Mary Crothery when she does. Mary is a young Traveller woman, and she knows more about Melody than she lets on. She might just save Melody’s life.
Donal Ryan’s new novel is breathtaking, vivid, moving and redemptive.
I kind of struggled with this book. I thought the story was fine and in fact, I liked the way the author titled each chapter with the current week in Melody's pregnancy. At times I would find Melody talking to her unborn child about her fears and thoughts for her child. In fact, I was kind of starting to find my groove with the story but what really held me back from fully committing was Melody. I did not find her that appealing.
Melody may have been trying to gain sympathy by being the storyteller but she didn't get it from me. Not that I am saying her husband was good. Yet, as the story progressed, I felt like I didn't know truly why Melody fell for Martin. I kept waiting. It was kind of like taking one step forward and two steps backward reading this book. At the midway point I found my interest had been lost and I did not care to continue on.
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