I found A Heart Bent Out of Shape to be slow starting, and whilst I appreciate that it was necessary to set the scene and build up to the tragedy I was waiting for things to get going. And get going it did- I was soon gripped by the mystery. There were moments where I thought I had it sussed and then I'd doubt myself, other times where I felt completely in the dark, and I was keen to know exactly what had happened.
I liked the characters, particularly wise yet elusive Hugo, although found Hadley's naivety frustrating at times. However, as a twenty year old away from home for the first time in a country where everyone is speaking a different language, perhaps Hadley is a realistic representation of a young woman setting off on the journey of finding herself.
The highlight for me were the absolutely beautiful descriptions of Switzerland that left me longing to be there. Glistening snow, high-reaching spires and breath-taking vistas had me dreaming of Lausanne. Emylia Hall transported me to a place I have never been, yet I feel I now intimately know.
A Heart Bent Out of Shape is available tomorrow (12.9.13), published by Headline Review.
With thanks to the lovely Ben at Headline for giving me a copy of this book in return for an honest review.