An important topic tackled head on in this dark & supremely honest debut.

Although the line writing was beautifully crafted, I marked it down as I felt the second third rambled & lacked any pace, tension or narrative drive.

For me the story could have been structured much better, the loooong chapters chopped up & the overly verbose internal monologue radically reduced.

I was glued in the beginning, then again in the last few chapters, but got seriously bored in the middle as I lost the point of what Vanessa’s driving needs & wants were, & therefore the point to the story the author was trying to portray. What was Vanessa’s goal in all of this – I was unclear & therefore disengaged with the narrative…