Book Title: The Mountain in My Shoe
Author: Louise Beech
Genres: Psychological, Mystery, Contemporary, Fiction
Date Read: 12/26/16
Pub Date: 07/23/16
A missing boy. A missing book. A missing husband. A woman who must find them all to find herself. On the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she’s leaving, he doesn’t come home. Neither does Conor, the little boy she’s befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers. With the help of Conor’s foster mum, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband’s secrets and a future she never dared imagine in order to find them all. Exquisitely written and deeply touching, The Mountain in My Shoe is both a gripping psychological thriller and a powerful and emotive examination of the meaning of family … and just how far we’re willing to go for the people we love.
This is the first time in a LONG time I’ve been left speechless upon finishing a book, especially one that’s fiction. Please forgive me as I continue to try and find the words to write this review; how can you contain such a magnificent read into such a concise and brief afterthought? I had heard wonderful things about Louise Beech’s writing from other trusted reviewers, but as a reader who was new to her work I had no clue what I was really in for. The Mountain in My Shoe is a stunning read that breaks the barriers we place on genre molds; this book was simultaneously heavy and hopeful, mysterious yet humorous, with hints of psychological suspense and drama while keeping to a traditional contemporary feel. In a nutshell, this book holds something for everyone, while also carrying themes that are important and relevant to our day and time.
If you read the above summary, then you know that this book holds a certain air of intrigue and imminent danger (to an extent) from the very first page. My first thought was “is it a coincidence that Conor and Bernadette’s husband go missing on the very same night?”, and clearly you’ll have to read the book to find out, but I loved how I developed so many questions from the very start that I needed answers to darn it! We are privy to a few view points in the story, but “the book” is as living and breathing a character on our journey as any human being we follow for 300+ pages. The writing is both beautiful and haunting, making for a perfect mixture of elegance and heart wrenching sadness to completely invest your emotions in. I was particularly moved while reading what all precious Conor had been through in his short life; this was an integral part of the novel and what brought the entire story to fruition.
I really don’t want to touch on the plot any more than I already have, but let’s suffice it to say YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. Yes, it’s THAT good. It is worth your time, the hype is well justified, and your heart and its feely good tendrils will thank me later. The Mountain in My Shoe is the type of book to bring many different readers together to connect over something so wonderful and magical. There is nothing pretentious about this book, yet you do feel like you have read something worthwhile upon finishing it. I know the characters and this journey will stay with me for a long time to come. Do yourself a favor by purchasing a copy and treat yourself by becoming a part of this story that so many others have cherished. Highly recommended to everyone!
*Many thanks to Karen at Orenda Books for sending my copy all the way across the pond! Each book from her is a treat and it is a delight to review for you!