Thaw – Fiona Robyn

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You may remember Thaw from the blog splash at the beginning of the month. In order to promote the book an impressive number of bloggers posting the first chapter of Thaw on their blogs. Fiona Robyn is now posting the entire book, a chapter at a time, on the Thaw blog.  So head over there and read the book for FREE!

Thaw is the diary of Ruth, a 32-year-old woman who is considering suicide. The diary spans the three month period before her 33rd birthday as she decides whether or not to take her own life.

The book is beautifully written and all the characters felt realistic. I was pulled into Ruth’s depressing world and in a desperate bid to discover what happened to her I read the whole book in a single sitting. It was a quick, easy read, but I’m can’t say that it was a pleasurable experience. The life of a depressive isn’t exactly fun:

I find a drawing pin or a safety pin and hold the spike close to my skin – teasing, pulling it across the surface. Pushing it in, just underneath, just inside. Never deep enough to bleed.

The book accurately reflects the struggle of daily life and the complexity of relationships, but I wasn’t moved by the book. Some might think this is plus point, but I like to become emotionally attached to characters, feeling their pain. I felt quite detached from Ruth, passively observing her problems instead living through them myself.

Overall it was good, but not the emotional roller-coaster I expected.

Are you reading Thaw each day?


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4 Comments

  1. Beth F says:

    I don’t know why I haven’t been drawn to read this one. I think that I read a lot of emotional books in 2009 and another book on suicide didn’t call to me. Perhaps I’ll reconsider later in the year.

    1. Jackie says:

      Beth, I’m not sure why I keep reading books about suicide either – I really should avoid them for a while!

  2. Sandy says:

    I’m with Candace. It’s free, so why not, right? I just can’t get myself excited about reading something like this. Kevin (which I am STILL reading due to my insane schedule lately) is about all I can handle in the “messed up” category. I get in moods though, so you never know.

    1. Jackie says:

      Sandy, Kevin is a fantastic book! I hope that you enjoy reading it!

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