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Here Is The Beehive by Sarah Crossan

When I posted that I’d bought Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan, I had a a flurry of excited messages and comments from people telling me how much they loved it.

It’s a book that I’d been looking at for a while but I really wasn’t sure if it would be one I’d like, I felt like it might be a bit depressing. For those of you who haven’t read it here is the synopsis;

Ana and Connor have been having an affair for three years. In hotel rooms and coffee shops, swiftly deleted texts and briefly snatched weekends. They have built a world with non but the two of them in it.

But then the unimaginable happens, and Ana finds herself alone, trapped inside her secret.

How can we lose someone the world never knew was ours? How do we grieve did for something no one else can ever find out? In her desperate bid for answers, Ana seeks out the shadowy figure who has always stood just beyond her reach - Connor’s wife, Rebecca.

First of all I was wrong, it’s not depressing it’s actually beautiful. Written in free verse, something which I’m really starting to love, I felt a massive pull with this one, so much so that I finished it a day. It’s a story of love, loss, infertility and betrayal and it’s just so very well done.

Ana is a really intriguing character, I didn’t like her and I didn’t always understand her behaviour but she did make me ask myself questions about the way I was thinking about and judging her.

Here is the Beehive is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, it’s just so compelling. Her writing is powerful and lyrical and I love the way she made me question so much about it all. I think this would be another brilliant book club choice as for a short book there is a lot to think about.

This is the first of her books that I’ve read and it certainly won’t be the last. Do you have a favourite book of hers that you could recommend or any other brilliant books written in free verse? I’d love to hear from you.

Have a great day 💕

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