Deep Down: the 'intimate, emotional and witty' 2023 debut you don't want to miss

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Deep Down: the 'intimate, emotional and witty' 2023 debut you don't want to miss

Deep Down: the 'intimate, emotional and witty' 2023 debut you don't want to miss

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To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The narrative voice is fluent and assured, with an eye for detail and original images: a cup of tea is “crunchy with limescale”; clearing up after one of their father’s rages is “rebuilding the set on which their performance of normal life takes place”. They are repairing the scenery, rebuilding the set on which their performance of normal life takes place. Tom and Billie’s memories, vivid with the clarity that childhood shame or fear can retain, are therefore presented with the same immediacy as the days of limbo between death and funeral. What West-Knights does so effectively here is to make no distinction between past and present; incidents from childhood are related in the same continuous present tense as the current events in Paris, with nothing so clunky as dates or chapter headings to mark the switch.

West-Knights deftly shows us that the relationship between the siblings, and with their dad William, is anything but straightforward. A slow burn portrayal of how families can pull us apart but also how two siblings can find their way back to each other and to themselves.And the novel is a serious and very accomplished examination of what it means to love and grieve for someone who might seem unlovable. It should be a time to comfort each other, but there’s always been a distance to their relationship. Billie's chair screeches and she begins to pick up bits of a jar with a careful thumb and forefinger.

The story is about Tom and Billie, they have both had a bereavement in the family and seeing as they both are so far away from each other they decide to reconnect and hope that being together will help with the grief. In one finely wrought section during a family holiday to Spain, 13-year-old Tom is privy to an awful altercation between his parents in the supermarket. Deep Down is something altogether darker; an examination of the legacy of abuse shot through with sharp wit and compassion. If you like stories of family, friendship and the power of grief I certainly wouldn’t be saying no this novel! You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.If we are going to be switching back and forth in timelines as well as between two perspectives, it would have been helpful to replace chapter numbers with character names instead. Attention is directed to the complicated tenderness and shared history between them, existing regardless of an intractable awkwardness. There is a LOT of description of movement from one place to another, which I find absolutely exhausting as a reader. Billie and Tom are not necessarily likeable characters, but as the story progresses with flashbacks to their childhood we start to understand why they’re a bit messed up and have such a tense relationship - they’ve both processed their father’s behaviour in a different way and are therefore handling his loss differently too. I couldn't believe this was a debut novel, it certainly pulled at my heart strings and bought reality back to life.

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