As After The Party by Lisa Jewell was my Waiting On Wednesday book choice this week, and a few people commented that they had never read anything by her before, I thought I would post a review I wrote last year for her most recent book, The Truth About Melody Browne (which also happens to be one of my favourites too)
Melody was instantly easy to like and relate to. I find that Lisa Jewell’s female lead characters are real and solid and this was certainly the case with Melody who came across as familiar and as approachable as anyone I have met. In the first few pages we are introduced to a 9 year old Melody, awakening from unconsciousness after a house fire with no memory of her former years at all, and a thirty three year old Melody who has had a child very young, worked hard to live a stable and steady life, but who has concerns about her own identity now her son is almost grown up. I was both intrigued by the mystery of the house fire and Melody’s memory loss and connected with adult Melody immediately.
As Melody starts to have flashbacks and regain her memory, a very complex and touching story unfurls. I wasn’t expecting anything quite so serious and was constantly surprised with the way the book would go. In this book Lisa Jewell tackles some very serious subjects, such as child loss, depression and the effects of a marriage break-up on children. I thought that this was done in a particularly human and realistic way and was at times very sad and touching, while also managing to be warm, humorous and loving.
I think Lisa Jewell has achieved in this book the perfect balance of serious subjects and an entertaining and beautifully real, optimistic story. She has created characters that are easy to care about, an intriguing storyline full of twists and turns, and an ending that will leave you smiling…perfect! I absolutely loved this book, and devoured the 326 pages in less than 24 hours. I already really liked Lisa Jewell as an author, however I think this book has just propelled her to one of my favourites. If you have enjoyed Lisa Jewell books in the past, then I recommend this highly, it’s her best yet. If you’ve never read any of her books before, then you definitely should give them a go!