Ana and Connor have been having an affair for three years.
In hotel rooms and coffee shops, swiftly deleted texts and briefly snatched weekends, they have built a world with none but the two of them in it.
But then the unimaginable happens, and Ana finds herself alone, trapped inside her secret.
How can we lose someone the world never knew was ours? How do we grieve for something no one else can ever find out?
In her desperate bid for answers, Ana seeks out the shadowy figure who has always stood just beyond her reach – Connor’s wife Rebecca.
Peeling away the layers of two overlapping marriages, Here is the Beehive is a devastating excavation of risk, obsession and loss.
Strangely Different but Enjoyable!
A strange kind of book for me; I can’t say I enjoyed it all the way through but when I reached the end I look back on it fondly!
This is the story of an extra-marital affair told in a different way. Ana and Connor had been having a fling for three years when he died. Ana is left in limbo; she can’t grieve openly as no-one knew about their relationship but it’s affecting her and she cannot leave it alone to the extent that she does the unthinkable and reaches out to Rebecca, his widow.
This is a very quick read. I can’t say I was very taken with the prose, but it does get the information across in a satisfactory way. I found it easy to sympathise with Ana whilst also being horrified at her actions. Trying to hold everything together without support is not easy – well, let’s be honest here; it’s hard to get over a sudden death even with the best of support from your nearest and dearest. This all comes across clearly – it’s a very cleverly written novel, with maximum revelations for minimal reading. It’s a grand story, and many an author would have padded it out into a much longer and possibly softer book and the jury is still out on whether I would pursue the same style of writing again. However, having enjoyed it overall I’m happy to decide on four stars.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: literary fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
- Size: 272 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
- Publication Date: 20 August 2020
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Sarah Crossan has lived in Dublin, London and New York, and now lives in Hertfordshire. She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University. Since completing a masters in creative writing, she has been working to promote creative writing in schools.The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain were both shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. In 2016, Sarah won the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as the YA Book Prize, the CBI Book of the Year award and the CLiPPA Poetry Award for her novel, One.