The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles
Publication Date: September 2017
My Rating: ✹✹✹✹✹
“An incandescent, soul-searching story about a broken young woman’s search for a truth buried so deep it threatens to consume her, body and mind. ‘Since I blacked out, the slightest thing seems to aggravate my brain and fill it with fire’
These are the things Lux knows:
She is an Artist.
She is lucky.
She is broken.
These are the things she doesn’t know:
What happened over the summer.
Why she ended up in hospital.
Why her memories are etched in red.
‘The nightmares tend to linger long after your screams have woken you up …’
Desperate to uncover the truth, Lux’s time is running out. If she cannot piece together the events of the summer and regain control of her fractured mind, she will be taken away from everything and everyone she holds dear.
If her dreams don’t swallow her first.“
“Real pain in your head is unlike pain anywhere else. It can’t be pushed away or held at a distance. You are the pain, indivisible, fighting for the same oxygen.”
This is a debut novel. I repeat.. this is a debut novel. Wow!
I loved this book. It had me feeling all kinds of emotions and constantly guessing at what the hell was going on. And let me tell you, I never would have guessed! I had many theories and not once was I even remotely close to the truth.
Throughout the book you’re following Lux, a young art student, trying to figure out what happened to her one fateful night. As a reader, you are completely in the dark, as much as Lux is about the event which changed her whole sense of being. You live through each and every one of her struggles with her. You see her fight her parents, act out with friends, have aggressive/violent episodes, have panic attacks, suffer from anxiety and paranoia, see her become obsessed and fixate on things that don’t make sense and worst of all struggle with her self-image and self-worth whilst trying to make sense of everything. All of her sense are heightened, which causes manic episodes.
It is quite difficult to read a character go through such a traumatic time, especially such a brilliantly written character like Lux. She is both likeable and unlikeable, which is a sign of really good writing, to create such a beautifully flawed character that you feel such a connection too, despite having nothing in common.
What I love most about this book is that it isn’t at all what you are expecting. I doubt anyone would accurately guess the ending to this book. It floored me.
I will definitely be keeping an eye out for Lydia Ruffles work in the future. The Taste of Blue Light is a book that I highly recommend to anyone looking for a book that tackles tough subjects, or just wants to read a very well written contemporary novel.
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