(Book sent to me by The Guardian)
Hurt is written by Tabitha Suzuma and the main characters are Mathèo, Lola, Hugo and Isabel.
At seventeen, Mathéo Walsh appears to have it all. He is a champion diver and a hot prospect for the upcoming Olympics. He is a heartthrob, a straight A student and lives in one of the wealthiest areas of London. He has great friends and is the envy of many around him. And most importantly of all, he is deeply in love with his girlfriend, Lola. He has always been a stable, well-adjusted guy . . .
Until one weekend. A weekend he cannot seem to remember. All he knows is that he has come back a changed person. One who no longer knows how to have fun, no longer wants to spend time with his friends, no longer enjoys diving. Something terrible happened that weekend – something violent and bloody and twisted. He no longer knows who he is. He no longer trusts himself around people: he only wants to hurt, wound and destroy. Slowly, he begins to piece back the buried, fragmented memories, and finds himself staring at the reflection of a monster.
Tormented, Mathéo suddenly finds himself faced with the most devastating choice of his life. Keep his secret, and put those closest to him in terrible danger. Or confess, and lose Lola forever . . .-Goodreads
This was such a heartbreaking story and the topic was definitely not what I’m comfortable with. But the aspect that was more heartbreaking than the story itself was the author’s poor delivery. I am an emotional person, but while reading this book, I felt so distant and disconnected from the characters and the story that I didn’t even feel sad. The main reason was that the dialogue was badly written and it felt fake. This reminded me that I was reading a story and as a reader I like to get really involved in the story. The author used a lot of exclamation marks in irrelevant places which did nothing but distract me. For me, the most annoying thing was that it was written in third person and I think in this particular story I would have liked to read it from Mathèo’s point of view.
There is a lot more I could say, but overall I think the story was really good and interesting. You would have never guessed what was going to happen and I guess that was what kept me reading. It touched on a really serious topic but because of that I didn’t really enjoy the book as a pleasurable read. But I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews about it so definitely see if it’s up for your taste.
Please tell me if you have read this and what were your thoughts on it!