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I was genuinely looking forward to reading it after having adored "Don't Close Your Eyes" by the same author. However, the two were on completely different wavelengths. Blurb - Fearing eternal singledom, childhood friends Kate and Paul make the age-old vow that if they don't find love by thirty, they will marry each other. Years later, with the deadline of their 30th birthdays approaching, the unlikely couple decide to keep their tee "Love Will Tear Us Apart" sadly disappointed me just a little. Although I didn't want to stop reading it and still quite enjoyed it, I just found it a little too slow for me and though I was keen to see what the big reveal was at the end I found it disappointing and left me rather flat.
Having read the story to the end I couldn't think of any big twist that could come from the plot and sadly there wasn't. I appreciate the author Holly Seddon has put her heart and soul into this book - and has done a fabulous job in writing it - I just felt it didn't quite cut it as a psychological thriller and the contemporary fiction genre isn't really my thing. Many readers will enjoy this and I expect it to do very well - as deserved if that's your entertainment - but for me I just didn't totally connect. View all 13 comments. May 10, Pauline rated it liked it Shelves: netgalley.
Love Will Tear Us Apart by Holly Sneddon is a story about Kate and Paul who have been childhood friends and made a pack to marry each other if they were still single when they reach the age of thirty. They now have two children and have been married for ten years and the cracks are beginning to show. The story is told in two time frames and I found it slow to start. I would like to thank NetGalley and Atlantic Books for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review. View all 4 comments. Is it love, sexual attraction, friendship, support or something else altogether?
Now years later, just as this couple are about to celebrate their ten year anniversary, a secret and a letter sends a jolt to their partnership.
Love Will Tear Us Apart offers an insightful commentary into the complexities of life, love, marriage and parenthood. It is such an interesting reason to commit to a marriage, loneliness and the desire for a family overtakes the reason why those like Paul and Kate may find themselves in this situation. Love Will Tear Us Apart apart considers this scenario. It is a thought provoking read that I very much enjoyed following. However, it is always a welcome sight to see an author expand on their repertoire and tackle a whole new battlefield.
We discover their first meeting as young children, through to their high school years, college, careers and through to their weightier relationships as adults. Tracking this couple to present day times, they now have two children, one has a successful career, while the other is at a crossroads. It seems like Seddon knows every inch and curve of her central two protagonists, but it is the secondary characters who steal the stage in some areas of the novel. Although the book is in no way fast paced, I had a terrible gut feeling churning in my stomach as I read on, I was waiting for something of an unwelcome nature to happen.
Interjected within this cleanly spaced tale are issues of betrayal, trust, emotion, abandonment, loss, love and support. Most of all, I was able to take away that love appears in all sorts of different guises; parental love, friendship, sexual relationships and partnerships. Based on this very different offering from Holly Seddon in Love Will Tear Us Apart, it is clear that Seddon has disparate set of skills at hand, which enables her to reach out and embrace different forms of storytelling.
View 2 comments. May 26, Rachel Hall rated it liked it. Despite the sheer unlikelihood of two childhood friends eventually fulfilling a teenage promise to marry if they are still unattached on their thirtieth birthdays and the whole concept sounding so far-fetched, I was intrigued to see how Holly Seddon would approach her story. Set in two timeframes a now married Kate and Paul Luxton together with their children, eight-year-old Harry and two-year-old Izzy spend the week ahead of their tenth wedding anniversary holidaying in Cornwall.
As readers are given snapshots throughout the week the tension between Kate and Paul is palpable and barely concealed from their children. A second timeline follows the summer of and is marked by the pivotal events which set the news agenda of the era, from the rise of punk mania, the brutal IRA bombings through to the catastrophic storms of which is the backdrop to the marriage pledge as a teenage Kate and Paul lose their virginity to each other.
For Kate, the daughter of an affluent but remote father and a young mother caught up in the swinging sixties scene in London, the Luxton household with good hearted and endearingly caring Viv and Mick a place of refuge for her. As their paths start to diverge in college with irritations, arguments and a different preoccupations coming to the fore the cracks in their friendship begin to show.
Throughout their time at university and eventually into their careers, Viv is the one constant that links the duo and eventually paves the way for their reconnection. However, a reversal of roles sees Kate gradually becoming the more dependent as she firstly manages to wangle a junior role in the company where she works for Paul only for his ascendancy in the company to mirror her downward trajectory and life simultaneously falling apart, from being frozen out at work to the alienation of any previous friends. Despite being very well-written I found the novel a frustrating read, largely due to its languid pace and taking far too long to broach the contents of the much purported letter.
The first detail that Seddon reveals regarding it comes on page with where it was found, but as to the content it proves unforthcoming.
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For too long I floundered as the story explores the evolution of a friendship but never really sets it stall out and it is this which sapped my enthusiasm for staying invested and when it comes, the secret proves a damp squib. Prior to this the reader is left in the dark and I really do think the story would have benefitted from being in part narrated by Paul.
That the underwhelming conclusion is explored in little depth does not help and in the end the marriage felt like forcing a round peg into a square hole and thus the story left me unmoved. Whilst I throughly enjoyed the childhood glimpses into the lives on Paul and Kate which recreated the era wonderfully and evoked memories of every awkward adolescence, I was much less convinced by their marriage with its utter lack of chemistry.
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In hindsight it is easy to appreciate how much of the vibrancy and colour is provided for Paul by his parents, nurse Viv with her genuine kindness and lovable buffoon and serial philanderer, Mick. But just because a friendship suited a time, a place and was convenient the village of Little Balcombe as lonely school outsiders of nine-years-old , I felt the connotations that it therefore should equate to a marriage thirty-years down the line with two children and careers was somewhat misguided.
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With thanks to Readers First who provided me with a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. View all 11 comments. What drew me to this book was that the whole story surrounds the pact that two friends made to each other as teenagers - to marry each other, if they don't find love before age thirty. Strangely, I made this exact pact with a friend many years ago, I may have even kept the promise but I also happened to enjoy reading Seddon's other books. I don't usually get along with emotional books based on love and relationships but she is an exception to the rule.
I am yet to discover wh What drew me to this book was that the whole story surrounds the pact that two friends made to each other as teenagers - to marry each other, if they don't find love before age thirty. I am yet to discover why! I guess it doesn't matter as long as you read what you love.
Seddon writes with such emotion that at the end of the book I was actually misty eyed. Let me tell you, that does not happen with me whilst reading. Sometimes with movies but rarely with books. This is testament to the authors prowess!
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The writing is accessible and makes for an easy, fast read, the characters were well developed and realistic, and it is told from different perspectives which means you understand the reasons for certain decisions that were made. It is clear Seddon is adept at skirting round the periphery of a selection of diverse genres, and could write titles in any of these veins in the future. I look forward to a new surprise the next time I see another one her releases.
I found myself experiencing a range of emotions while I was reading. Something that Holly is superb at doing with her readers, and that is no different with this book. Dealing with relationships and friendships, I found myself thoroughly engaged with the story from the very beginning. When we meet Paul and Kate, they are in the lead up to their tenth wedding anniversary, and heading away with their family to spend some time together. But a past secret threatens everything that they have known up until now. Through the narrative, the reader is transported back and forth in time, and it is in these vignettes that we learn a lot more about their characters and motivations.
Love Will Tear Us Apart is a powerful and thought-provoking book. It has an emotional rawness and is written with real heart and humanity. Highly recommended! Apr 04, Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing. This beautiful story about childhood friends who grow up, marry and have a family, whilst keeping emotionally resonant secrets from each other was a wonderful wonderful read. It made me teary at the end and their lives panning out in present time and flashback was pitch perfectly plotted to maximum effect. Holly Seddon is proving more talented and, for me importantly, more diverse in her storytelling, with each passing novel.
I'm a huge huge fan. This is a very different kettle of fish from her l This beautiful story about childhood friends who grow up, marry and have a family, whilst keeping emotionally resonant secrets from each other was a wonderful wonderful read. This is a very different kettle of fish from her last book but just as full of excellence.
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Full review nearer publication as part of the official tour. Jun 08, Mandy White rated it really liked it Shelves: pigeonhole-books. I loved Holly Seddons previous 2 books and could not wait to read this one. I was lucky enough to have the chance thanks to Pigeonhole Books, the publisher and Holly. This book was very different to the earlier books.
This was the story of 2 friends, Kate and Paul. They met when they were 8 and shared everything. At 15 they made a vow to marry each other if they were not already married by their 30th birthdays. Now on their 10th wedding anniversary and 2 kids later, their relationship is struggli I loved Holly Seddons previous 2 books and could not wait to read this one. Now on their 10th wedding anniversary and 2 kids later, their relationship is struggling.
Can best friends really become lovers? Both of them have their secrets and things in their pasts that they are not proud of, it can they be honest with each other and make their family work. It is an emotional read, sometimes I laughed, sometimes I cried and other times I was angry.
But I did really enjoy this book, and would recommend it to people who like a good love story. Jun 10, Karen rated it really liked it. Kate and Paul have been best friends since childhood, first meeting when they were 8 years old. The story of Kate and Paul goes back and fort Kate and Paul have been best friends since childhood, first meeting when they were 8 years old.
They each have had their career highlights and setbacks, love and life disappointments and at times they were not even in touch but that long held friendship between them was always there. This is a quite a slow paced story but it needs to be because we have to get to know these two characters fully to appreciate how they came to be together. Paul was more laid back and had a more caring and thoughtful personality; he was much easier to engage with, even if at times I wanted to shake him to get him out of his inertia.
Holly Seddon has written a moving and tender story of two people, trying to deal with all the things that life throws at you — death, grief, job losses, family issues, the fluctuating friendships and enduring relationships that form our lives. It did however add an even greater insight into their marriage and their feelings. I enjoyed it and would recommend it. Mar 24, River Scott Tyler rated it it was amazing. My Review For "Love Will Tear Us Apart" Sometimes a promise becomes a prison, a marriage can feel like a business contract, if you made a promise should you Honour that promise no matter how long ago that promise was made?
So they made a childhood vow that if they was both still single by the time they reach thirty years old they will marry each other, as the years go by that promise locked away they each go there separate ways to university but like always they are not apart for long and as Kate gets Paul a job at her work place and he moves with her in her flat in London, with Kate feeling the pressure at work and having casual sexual encounters with her boss and with Paul being there again as a shoulder to cry on and with now with the deadline of their 30th birthdays fast approaching Paul asks Kate to marry him and she says yes!
As Kate struggles with a secret that shocked her a secret that reaches far back into the past she plans to reveal to Paul on there anniversary dinner. A few other students give him high fives. The whole field smells ripe, hundreds of walking, talking, laughing Happy Meals, and even from a few feet away, Jack smells better than all of them. For a moment you contemplate leaping over the bleachers and just eating him in front of the whole crowd. Saliva pools in your mouth. Jack looks up at you. He climbs the bleachers and sits next to you. You breathe very slowly. His arm brushes against yours, slick with his sweat.
Jack shrugs, but his grin is pleased. Jack laughs. Dad barely tolerates extracurriculars. He thinks I should be training… Hey, you want to go into the city with me tonight? This would be marginally appealing even without the additional bonus of Jack, but you look back down at the braces girl, now chatting with her friends. Your hunger is starting to feel like that first time, a longing that cuts into your muscles and makes the world turn red. You know you ought to offer a better explanation. Homework or community service or a part—time job. He looks away. The game is starting again. He walks back onto the field.
You smile at her. She goes bug—eyed. She blushes. She says other things. Jack is staring at you from the edge of the bench. Even from here you can see the ice in those blue eyes. Like he wants to kill you. You arrange to meet the girl—she has a name, but you try not to remember it, easier that way—in the parking lot in an hour. You tell her about some concert you have tickets to, would she like to come? In a converted farmhouse just outside the town limits.
You wonder why you always get away with this routine. Like none of these girls or boys ever actually listened to a thing their guidance counselors told them about date safety. You wait for him to come back, but instead he grabs his gear and leaves with his father. He glances at you once. I need you to be ready, the ice man said yesterday. Ready to kill a monster? The doors are locked. The prions have done their job—she has entered a permanent bug—eyed state. Her pulse speeds up like old faithful when you look at her. About the normal life stripped away, at the maniac left behind.
You want to be at that Modest Mouse concert with Jack so bad your stomach hurts. But you can smell the food beside you, and the urge to eat it now, at the intersection two blocks away from school, is almost overpowering. By now even braces girl is starting to get a little worried, but you tune her out.
Best to just knock them out and be done with it. But you hate to mess up the car, so you make up some excuse about the engine breaking down and stop in the middle of the gravel road. You know from experience that no one will find you. She nods, nervously. You get out, pretend to look at the engine, walk back around to her side. Could you get out for a second?
This is the worst part. She opens the door. Superheroes call them lairs; police officers call them crime scenes. In colonial Massachusetts a Quaker living alone with cats had a front—row ticket to a witch trial. In twenty—first—century America, a solitary lifestyle is still a sign of deviance. Lots of high schools. I know, the victims are supposed to be the telltale heart of serial killing.
The fatal flaw: Every killer likes their type. Bad idea. Or someone else will eat them for you. The girl stares at you. You stare at her. The hunger feels like knives delicately inserted into your stomach and pushed through your spine. And then she shrugs, takes a step forward, and kisses you. Perfect opportunity. A kiss is like a non—prion version of eating someone. But you just clench your fists and return it. Why not? The girl breaks it off first, looks over your shoulder, screams. You turn around, a sudden warmth dulling the sharp edges of your hunger. Jack stands in front of the thick row of trees on the side of the gravel road.
He has a gun. This one looks big and black and shiny. Jack looks like he knows how to use it. Are you robbing us? But you look at Jack, his steady hand and his big black pistol, and think that might not be the best idea. You wish he would just shoot already. You wish he would just fucking kill you. The car starts without a problem. She backs down the gravel drive, slowly at first, then so fast she nearly careens into a tree.
Why the fuck else would I be out here? His face is flushed red, like he might cry. He turns without another word and walks deeper into the woods.
When you follow him, the cracking leaves and twigs sound like an earthquake. Ten minutes later you reach his car. You get in. There must have been something in your voice, some tremor, because Jack looks at you now for the first time since you got into the car. Your dad wants you to kill me, right? Jack abruptly slams his foot on the brake. The car skids a little on the deserted road before shuddering to a halt. Is that what happened? You shrug, deliberately. Maybe she smelled like brussels sprouts.
Close to his long—sleeved T—shirt, his flushed cheek, his gun. Ian Curtis killed himself on the eighteenth of May, You might think this ironic of the lead singer of a band called Joy Division, but actually their name is a reference to prostitution in Nazi concentration camps. There are certain theories of suicide that propose that the more self—loathing one feels, the more violent the method one chooses. Elliott Smith folksinger stabbed himself in the heart with a kitchen knife. A qualitative difference in self—loathing? When you decide to check yourself out, the difference between a gun and a rope is how long it takes to tie the knot.
You stay in motels. The bathroom floors are coated with grime spread thin by lazy efforts to wipe it away. Sheets are haphazardly laundered. The second night, you see a bloodstain that covers half the floor. Jack pays for the rooms, and no one asks questions. You nearly vomited when he offered to let you use one. Now you just try not to look at them. You might have snapped before now, but Jack bought a haunch of pork from a local butcher. Pork works. Not as well as warm human flesh, not even close, but at least you can keep away the worst of it, the insanity you remember from those first moments with the prion.
Whatever madness you feel, whatever longings you have, are bound up in what you and Jack do late at night on scratchy sheets, and the only music you share is the hum of the hallway ice machine, the occasional rumble of pickup trucks speeding by on the country roads. Surely that's enough to make a marriage? Now, on the eve of their 10th wedding anniversary, they will discover that love between men and women is more complex, and more precarious, than they could ever have imagined. As Kate struggles with a secret that reaches far into their past, will the couple's vow become the very thing that threatens their future?
Love Will Tear Us Apart is a moving and heart-breaking exploration of modern love and friendship, from the bestselling author of Try Not to Breathe. Ian Curtis and Joy Division were my first thought when I picked this book up. I am wondering if I am alone in that? But tuning in to some of the other musical references within the book I am wondering whether that This book seems to be based around a couples inability to communicate with one another and the problems that goes on to cause. The couple are Kate and Paul, and they have been best friends since they were seven years I think the key to this story is communication.
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