Review: The Gifts by Liz Hyder

Title: The Gifts

Author: Liz Hyder

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Bonnier Books

The Blurb

In an age defined by men, it will take something extraordinary to show four women who they truly are . . .

October 1840. A young woman staggers alone through a forest in Shropshire as a huge pair of impossible wings rip themselves from her shoulders.

Meanwhile, when rumours of a ‘fallen angel’ cause a frenzy across London, a surgeon desperate for fame and fortune finds himself in the grips of a dangerous obsession, one that will place the women he seeks in the most terrible danger . . .

The Gifts is the astonishing debut adult novel from the lauded author of Bearmouth. A gripping and ambitious book told through five different perspectives and set against the luminous backdrop of nineteenth century London, it explores science, nature and religion, enlightenment, the role of women in society and the dark danger of ambition.

The Review

Okay. I feel really bad about this because this review is unfair to the author. The Gifts by Liz Hyder – what I read of it – is really well written. The London setting is evocative, the characters are well written and the multi-perspective narrative is really good but the type of story and the way the story developed just wasn’t my cup of tea. I think other people will like it and I desperately did want to but I couldn’t get invested in the story.

Sadly, it was a DNF for me.

The Gifts by Liz Hyder is available now.

For more information regarding Liz Hyder (@LondonBessie) please visit her Twitter page.

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