Thank you to HarperCollins HQ for sending me this INCREDIBLE BOOK!
They wrote it on the wall above my bed. Hello, it said, my name is May. Please talk to me.
May has been moved to a care home after her stroke. She can’t communicate, all her words are kept inside. If she tries to point, her arms swing in wild directions, if she tries to talk, strange noises come out of her mouth.
May is sharp, quick, and funny, but only her daughter Jenny sees this, and Jackie, a new friend at the home who cares enough to look and listen closely.
When May discovers that someone very familiar, from long ago, is living in the room opposite hers she is haunted by scenes from her earlier life, when she was a prisoner of her husband’s unpredictable rages. Bill, the man in the opposite room seems so much like her husband, though almost a lifetime has passed, and May’s eyesight isn’t what it was.
As Bill charms his way through the nursing home, he focuses his romantic attention on Jackie, while all May can do is watch. She is determined to protect Jackie and keep herself safe, but what can she do in her vulnerable, silent state?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! What a read – so many ups and downs and twists and turns!
The pace of the book was compelling and captivating which added to the heightened read and made me never want to put the book down.
Another factor which I absolutely loved was the sense of mystery, this was emphasised by the dual narrative within the novel which presented both the past and present. The reader is only given a glimpse into the characters lives which also weaved its way in to make the pace and mystery all encompassing.
If you’ve read my other reviews, you will know I am a sucker for an unreliable and unloveable character and that’s what this book has!
This book is beautifully writing, thought-provoking and marvellous! I highly recommend this book and would love to discuss it with you if you’ve read it.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!
About the Author:
Rosalind Stopps has always wanted to tell the stories of the less heard. For many years she worked with children with disabilities and their families.
She has five grown up children, three grandchildren and an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University. Rosalind’s short stories have been published in five anthologies and read at live literature events in London, Leeds, Hong Kong and New York. She lives in South East London with large numbers of humans and dogs.
When she is not writing fiction she is, mostly, reading it or working as a host at London’s South Bank Arts Centre. Hello, My Name is May is her debut novel.