The Graces – Laure Eve
26th October 2016, Allen&Unwin
432 pages, 3/5 stars
‘Everyone said they were witches. I was going to make them mine.’
The most interesting thing about this book, to my mind, is that the protagonist isn’t named until a few chapters in. And even when she is finally named, it is using the name she wishes she had, rather than that by which she is known. And so our unnamed protagonist becomes River.
River is new to town. Like everybody else at her new school, she becomes enamoured by the Graces, a seemingly perfect family with a mysterious pull. But River has an agenda – she won’t fawn over the Graces; she wants to be equally unusual, equally enigmatic. She wants the Graces to come to her.
This book is about a teenage girl’s obsession. She is intrigued by the supernatural, and the Graces could give her answers to her questions. But as she becomes a part of their inner circle, she begins to wonder – are the Graces really as magical as they seem?
The story speaks to the primal desperation to belong to a group. River’s family unit has been destroyed, her father gone, her mother always at the casino. She finds her place with the Graces – here she can be as mysterious and magical as she’s always imagined herself to be. But can you ever really belong in another family? Blood runs thicker than water, after all.
The ending was incredibly surprising. Everything began moving incredibly quickly, and we learn that River might not be a particularly reliable protagonist. I’d like to reread this book, knowing what I now know, and see if I can pick out hints along the way.
Laure Eve has created a captivating story. The Graces are the perfect example of a family holding their secrets close. River is an intriguing depiction of the teenage obsession. Her interest in the supernatural becomes a crazy need to be with the Graces, to be a part of their mystery. The shocking ending is perfect and makes so much sense! But I definitely didn’t see it coming.
Thanks to Allen&Unwin for the review copy! It’s so pretty!
Everyone said the Graces were witches.
They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.All I had to do was show them that person was me.Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on? This beautifully-written thriller will grip you from its very first page.
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Do you find witches alluring? What about certain people?