Hey, guys! Let’s try a coffee or a tea without milk or sugar added… or probably it is the best if you stick to your own habits. It’s just that I found the characters in this book were oddly specific about how they took their coffee or tea.
Anyways, ‘The Wind between Two Worlds’ is a mystery/thriller novel that deals with war veterans and homeless people and refugees.
A huge thanks to NetGalley and Troubador Publishing Limited/Matador for providing me an ARC copy in return for my honest review.
As stated above, I got this from Netgalley, and I requested it because it seemed like an interesting topic to read about. Not many books are dealing with these problems, these people.
I’m a little uncertain about this book. After I read it through, I’d say I liked it very much, and I did, but that’s mostly only because of the second half, or rather the last third of the novel. I had to get through at least half of the book so that I could be at least a little invested. I can’t really put my finger on why exactly, but I felt a little detached while reading. All the right feelings and thoughts are written down, they’re said, they’re accurate, and they make you think. I read them. I understood them. I just couldn’t for my life feel them. I honestly don’t know if it’s me or the book. Probably both a little.
As I think about it, it may be the ‘journalist after a story’ thing that made me feel a little distant in the beginning. It sounds like a good concept, and all in all, seeing the whole arc, I’d say it worked well, but it made it hard for me to connect with the story and characters at first. It’s mostly talking about things, and not actually seeing how things were done. I expected this book to actually be about those things promised, to see and feel what it’s all like, but all I could see was a young journalist trying to gather a story. It’s okay, but I felt like I would’ve been more interested in actually secondhand-experiencing stuff, and not reading about how a guy hears about the actual story. It also results in going through happenings a couple times too much, thus making me feel like I’m in and out of interest for most of the novel.
The second half saved this book for me, though. The story got faster paced, and I started to connect with the characters. Simon seemed like a nice guy after all, even though at first I sometimes couldn’t help feeling like he really was in it for only the story (in spite of himself thinking otherwise). This changed by the end, and I happened to like him. I enjoyed his interactions with Soraya, as well as the policeman Carver. The only character I had a problem with was Candy. I don’t mean that I didn’t like her, I mean that I felt like…well, like she wasn’t a real character, a real person at all. She was so obviously there for only technical purposes. As soon as Simon (and the story) didn’t need her, she just disappeared. I found that weird. Otherwise, I thought the characters were good and believable.
After finishing this novel, and seeing it as a whole (I had to go back and reread the first chapter to remember how it all started, though), I think this was a fairly good book. I enjoyed (especially the second half), and I’m glad I read it.
Let’s give it a grade!
- Story: 4/5
- Characters: 4/5
- Style: 3/5
- The Subjective Factor: 4/5
- GPA: 3.75
I think people too often forget about, or rather ignore the issues and groups that are heavily present in this book. We all know that homelessness, the re-integration of war veterans, and refugees coming from war zones are existing problems, but that is exactly how they’re mostly referenced. As problems. People, and thus literature, tend to forget that these are not merely problems to be solved, we’re talking about human individuals, with feelings and dreams and a unique life’s path. In most books that at least mention these topics, these are showed only peripherally, and I loved that this one dared to make it the main theme.
If you like a good mystery and have a little patience, this is a book for you!
Black tea without milk and/or sugar
Sonata Arctica: Replica
I’m actually interested in reading something more written by this author. Mostly because I’m curious if I can connect more easily with other stories and characters he created, or not. That would make clearer why I was so detached at the beginning. And of course, as by the end I came to really like this story, I want to see what other ideas the writer has.
Peter Crawley has already published several other books as well. Have you read any of them? What did you think?
Are you ever like this, that you have to struggle so much to keep reading a book, and then you happen to like it later? What do yo do to get through the rough patch?