Half a World Away by Mike Gayle
Long story short:
Kerry is a single mum living in a rough South London estate. Noah is a successful barrister living in affluent Primrose Hill. Both were taken into care, but later separated. When Kerry reaches out to her brother, nothing in their lives will ever be the same again.
This was the first Mike Gayle novel I have read, but it definitely will not be the last.
The writing is so addictive that I genuinely struggled to put it down. It was so absorbing and compulsive that I felt immersed within the lives of Kerry and Noah. I loved the alternating chapters going from each sibling’s point of view.
The novel is such a clever observation of human nature, social class, race, and the ‘nature v nurture’ debate. Put simply, it is so thought-provoking. I really do think that this was aided by the excellent characterisation. I loved all of the characters, and thought that there was such depth to all of them.
Whilst I didn’t cry, the book was incredibly heartbreaking to read. I did feel rather emotional, but I’m blaming that on the ending! It takes great skill to convey the emotions that Gayle did via his writing without making the reader feel depressed and pessimistic.
There’s nothing more I can say other than buy it, read it, and love it! Oh, and maybe grab some tissues if you’re a crier!
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