I’ve something a bit different for you today. Check out my review and see what you think.
Ever Rest by Roz Morris
Twenty years ago, Hugo and Ash were on top of the world. As the acclaimed rock band Ashbirds they were poised for superstardom. Then Ash went missing in a mountaineering accident, and the lives of Hugo and everyone around him were changed forever. Now, where the irrepressible, infuriating, mesmerizing Ash had been was a hole they could never hope to fill.
Two decades on, Ash’s fiancée Elza is still struggling to move on, her private grief outshone by the glare of publicity. The loss of such a rock icon is a worldwide tragedy. Hugo is now a recluse in Nepal, shunning his old life. Robert, an ambitious session player, feels himself both blessed and cursed by his brief time with Ashbirds, unable to achieve recognition in his own right.
While the Ashbirds legend burns brighter than ever, Elza, Hugo and Robert are as stranded as if they were the ones lost in the ice. How far must they go to come back to life?
Ever Rest is a very interesting book. Let’s start with the story itself. I’m not sure how unique books based on fictional bands are these days but it was new for me, and the added element of a man lost in the mountains sure added a different spin. There were times when I really enjoyed the story, and times when I felt it could have been cut down. If I’m to be honest, the story was actually the least interesting part of this book for me.
What absolutely fascinated me was how much emotion the author made me feel about a story I wasn’t completely invested in. I could feel the pain, anguish, confusion, desperation, and longing of the characters, as well as moments of elevation and joy. Ever Rest isn’t necessarily a very lyrical or poetic book but there was something about the prose that made it stick with me.
I didn’t connect with any of the characters either but they intrigued me. I found them to be very realistic and pieced together to make one entity. Each character was deeply flawed and not only did I like that, it suited the story much better.
Ever Rest was a different read for me and I’m glad I experienced it. If you are interested in doing the same, you can pick up a copy here.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.