Firstly, I wanted to say I adored this book and just simply did not want it to end.
During Attend we follow the story of three people, Deborah, a seamstress, Anne an ex-drug addict and Sam who was coming to terms and struggling with his own sexuality. Each and every one of these characters were going through real life issues and challenges and certainly have different approaches to try and deal with them. West has somehow worked magic and managed to get these three stories to entwine with one another like a complex spider web. At the beginning of the story West, picks you up and drops you in Deptford, London and the description of the location is so vivid that you can reach out and touch and you feel as if you are walking around, a front row seat and follow the characters around. It is not always a perfect picture and you certainly see a darker side of the location and there are uncomfortable, gritty moments.
Attend is a unique, magical read, however, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you must read it and give it a go you never know it may surprise you. Attend is an addictive read and just a compelling read. I simply could not put this book down and it left me breathless and blew my mind. When you break the story down, it is a simplistic story but West has put an overlay of complexity with some of the characters and the issues it covers.
This book just simply ticks all of the boxes and a book I would highly recommend.
About the Book
Under their feet lies magic…..
When Sam falls in love with South London thug Derek, and Anne’s best friend Kathleen takes her own life, they discover they are linked not just by a world of drugs and revenge; they also share the friendship of the uncanny and enigmatic Deborah.
Seamstress, sailor, story-teller and self-proclaimed centenerian immortal, Deborah slowly reveals to Anne and Sam her improbable, fantastical life, the mysterious world that lies beneath their feet and, ultimately, the solution to their crises.
This book blog tour was arranged by Anne from Random Things Through My Letterbox
Attend is published by Orenda Books