Tamar is a raw, relateable character. Being faced with a first person narrative means you are up close and personal with Tamar’s experience and memory. It can feel a little claustrophobic at times, but I’m certain that is intentional; Tamar’s thoughts are overwhelming, negative and very selective. Something all of us should be able to relate to.
Tamar is sectioned and, at times on suicide watch, recalling events that she refuses to talk about but completely consume her thoughts. During her time she meets new people with their own issues.
It ends with a true message of hope; not one that sugar coats the issue, but encorporates it and celebrates the fight Tamat will continue to have beyond the pages of the book.
It’s a well written story with a clear understanding of what people face in these situations. It’s writing is emotive, creates an atmospheric tension and would most suit anyone who has never experienced a mental illness and is looking to understand something they’ve not experienced.
It is a book that could trigger, but is valuable for those who are in the right place to read around this theme of mental health.