Title: The End of Loneliness
Author: Benedict Wells
Pages: 240 Pages
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton/Sceptre
I’ve known Death a long time but now Death knows me.
When their idyllic childhood is shattered by the sudden death of their parents, siblings Marty, Liz and Jules are sent to a bleak state boarding school. Once there, the orphans’ lives change tracks: Marty throws himself into academic life; Liz is drawn to dark forms of escapism; and Jules transforms from a vivacious child to a withdrawn teenager.
I began to be afraid of the dark, afraid of death, afraid of eternity. I was alone. And then I met Alva.
The only one who can bring him out of his shell is his mysterious classmate Alva, who hides a dark past of her own, but despite their obvious love for one another, the two leave school on separate paths.
Our last meeting suddenly felt like yesterday again, except that yesterday was many years ago.
Years later, just as it seems that they can make amends for time wasted, the past catches up with them, and fate – or chance – will once again alter the course of a life.
Told through the fractured lives of the siblings, The End of Loneliness is a heartfelt, enriching novel about loss and loneliness, family and love.
Stunning. Absolutely stunning.
I almost have no words for how gorgeous The End of Loneliness is.
The novel, by Benedict Wells, is a nostalgic love story which spans the decades. It has so many elements: loss, love, death, family drama. It just covered all bases but not in an obnoxious “need to tick all boxes” kind of way but in a purely sentimental without being soppy way.
It was genuinely a pleasure to read. The protagonist, Jules, was easy to champion and fall in love with. You feel like you travel along with him on his journey through life. You feel immersed in the novel and not an outsider turning pages.
Benedict Wells has created a novel that you can sink into and one that you do not want to leave.
The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells is available now.
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