[Review] Dublin In The Rain – Andrew Critchley

Book Title:                    Dublin In The Rain (Unnamed Trilogy #01)
Author:                           Andrew Critchley
Number of pages:
   372Andrew Critchley - Dublin in the Rain (Cover)

Synopsis:

On a rainy day in Dublin, during the spring of 1947, a tragic accident brought devastation to those involved. As the subsequent years pass, unable to come to terms with the accident, the survivors set the path for a deeply troubled future for each generation that followed.

Jonathan Melton had a traumatic childhood in which he ended up in foster care, but when he meets the wild, willful, sexually experienced and free spirited Sophia at university, everything changes. At first inept with women, Jonathan’s complex relationship with Sophia evolves from a one-way obsession into a genuine love and shared passion, as the relationship brings happiness, romance and joy to both their lives that neither thought was ever possible. The two marry, and Sophia gives birth to their first child; a beautiful baby daughter. Everything is seemingly perfect, until the evening that their tiny baby is found dead in her cot.

As his world falls apart around him, Jonathan slips into a dark depression and, increasingly haunted by his past, becomes distant and dysfunctional as he struggles to cope with the loss of his daughter. His marriage to Sophia disintegrates, and Jonathan along with it as he descends further into darkness after leaving Sophia. Although his close friend David succeeds to some extent in saving him from his demons, Jonathan remains a lost and lonely soul, until his apparent chance meeting with the enigmatic Maolíosa in a Dublin bar. Maolíosa and Jonathan form a unique bond, and she challenges his vision of life and the world around him. Fate intervenes, but it ultimately leads Jonathan to redemption, and a final resolution to the aftermath and consequences of the 1947 tragedy.

(re: Goodreads @ Dublin In The Rain by Andrew Critchley)

Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr spoiler-less review:

-Dynamic and compelling characters with a dialogue-driven narrative.
-Seamlessly integrates issues like: divorce, alternative family, sexuality, substance abuse, and death.
-The power in this story comes from self-reflection and redemption; for the characters and as a reader.
-Multiple scenes with sexual context that may deter readers.
-I’d argue this book can be suited for mature young-adults as it’s a true contemporary fiction at its core.

Initial Thoughts

Full disclosure: I received a copy of Dublin in the Rain through Goodreads First Reads. — So thanks to Andrew and Goodreads for arranging this.

Truthfully, I didn’t know what to expect from reading this novel. The synopsis and prologue are both striking in setting the tone of the quintessential shit hitting the fan of what is otherwise known as life. There’s so many angles to this book that I guess I have to let my review speak for my inability to detail initial thoughts.

Disclaimer: There may be spoilers inherent to this review from this point onward.

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[Top Ten Tuesday] – #10 – Top Ten Popular Authors I Have Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.

This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Popular Authors
I Have Never Read

Initial Thoughts:

So I also had to clump some authors together, just because. Either way, take my blurbs with a grain of salt. All images link to the authors Goodreads page. Listed in no particular order:

1. Stephen King (The Shining, Dark Tower)the shining - stephen king (cover)

Unforgivable, right? But I have seen most of the screen adaptations though – so I guess that counts for something. Watching “It” as a child (on top of Are You Afraid of the Dark episodes involving Laughing Clown or Crimson Clown) solidified my fear of clowns. Like holy shit.

2. John Green (The Fault in our Stars, Looking for Alaska)john green - the fault in our stars (cover)

From the community vibe alone, I feel like this man is a god to many readers (his fanclub even has a name?). But by no means am I chirping his books – I’m sure they’re wonderful in their own right – I just haven’t found myself reading anything by him (yet?).

Also to tangent on something I just remembered: does anyone else find it slightly weird that Tris and Caleb of Divergent are Hazel and Augustus in TFioS? I mean I get that they’re two separate roles and should be engaged as such but say whaaaattttttt.

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[Music Monday] – #2 – Tritonal & Paris Blohm – Colors (feat. Sterling Fox)

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by the Total Book Geek. The purpose of this bookish variant is to match a book with a particular song; whether it is character defining, a narrative element, or just an overall book defining track.

So why am I doing this? Well if I had to choose to only have one of the five traditional senses, it would be sound perception above all else. And hey I think it’d be neat to share music I listen to on a daily basis!

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This Week’s Song:
Tritonal & Paris Blohm – Colors
(feat. Sterling Fox)

Book Selected:
Minders – Michele Jaffe

Initial Thoughts:

Michele Jaffe - Minders - CoverBesides this house track being pretty rad, the lyrics is testament to Sadie’s experience in syncopy; to objectively assess what she sees. From thoughts and emotions to dreams, everything is vividly depicted through a myriad of technicolour.

If you’re interested in finding more about Michele Jaffe’s Minders, you can check out my full review here or alternatively on Goodreads by clicking the cover on your right.

Saw them dancing in your eyes
Like shadows in the night
Doing pirouettes around the stars
We were running in a haze I remember every shade
In my veins and they shot up sparks
Words fell from your lips
And all I heard was white noise in the dark
But when you looked away I remember every shade
So let your colors run tonight
We’re painting in the dark
Let your colors run tonight
The colors of your heart
Let your colors run tonight
We’re painting in the dark
Let your colors run tonight
The colors on your heart
The colors on your heart

Afterthoughts:

Also if you watched the Oscars last night, what did you think of the winners? I still kind of feel bad for Leo DiCaprio. But I’m rather pleased with Gravity winning in the categories that it won (so I can continue to laugh at all the twitter hate it received during the show). Shots fired.

Cheers,
Joey

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