Review: Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan

This book did not fit any of my challenge prompts.

Blurb:

it happened,
again and again
and
again and again and again.

Together
apart.
In love
in aching.

Tangled
unravelling.

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 none 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 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.

Peeling away the layers of two overlapping marriages, Here is the Beehive is a devastating excavation of risk, obsession and loss. 

Image via Goodreads

What I liked:

This is a super fast paced read, owing to the nature of the storytelling – it’s in verse – and also to the amount of action happening in the pages. There’s something about this story that compells you to read on, even if you don’t agree with or love the characters ot the situation.

Something I admired about this book was that Sarah Crossan doesn’t condone cheating in this story, rather showing us the reality of being the Other Woman. The loneliness and heartbreak is portrayed fantastically here, especially in moments where Ana wants to mourn Connor’s passing but can’t express it to anyone.

What I didn’t like:

Ana is a wholly unlikeable character. There’s little to nothing redeemable about her, and her obsession with Connor’s wife Rebecca is terrifying. It’s a credit to how good a writer Sarah Crossan is that I didn’t gel with Ana at all, but still absolutely had to keep reading her story.

Out of five:

Three and a half. I’m not usually a fan of cheating narratives, but this was a fantastic portrayal of being the Other Woman. Even though I didn’t love the main character, I couldn’t not find out what happened to her.

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