Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss

Immersive, fascinating and heart-riveting; Sarah Moss successfully ticks off all three boxes in her 150 paged compact book.

It is a story of a family of three and a group of archaeological students who are on an Iron Age re-enactment trip to Northumberland. Reading about the woods and the camp feels quite atmospheric but gives you the dreads when you read about Sophie’s dad and the actions he pulls out on his wife and daughter, the extent he is willing to go for the sake of the field trip. In the undercurrent of the Iron Age, the book talks about domestic abuse, feminist mindset and British Politics.

I don’t know how best to describe a book which is so complete in itself, tight knit and yet giving us such important points to think of. Interesting food for thought I’d say. For a tiny little book this is, it is powerful, sharp and elegant. It made me fall in love with it over days of pondering over. I knew I had liked it but the intensity of how much and why came clearly later. Moss’s writing style is peculiar with no direct dialogues between characters. She knows how to hit the bulls eye with her insightful and tense way around words. Plot driven with strong characters, the only option left for you is to hurtle along and let out a sigh of relief at the end.

I straightaway recommend this one because no amount of words can describe the magnanimity of this power packed bomb. Pick it up to discover it yourself.

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