Monday 23 February 2015

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

Title: Our Endless Numbered Days
Author: Claire Fuller
Published: 26th February 2015
Publisher: Penguin Fig Tree


When I first read the synopsis of Our Endless Numbered Days, I was instantly intrigued. Peggy's Father who is obsessed with survivalism, takes her away to remote cabin in a European forest. Everything Peggy once knew and enjoyed about her life, becomes massively reduced and her Father makes her believe that they are the only two people left in the world. Nine years later though, Peggy is back, but how did she get back and what happened during the time she was away.

Claire creates a fantastic atmosphere in Our Endless Numbered Days and when we cross between Peggy in the forest and Peggy when she comes back home, there is a distinct change in the writing atmosphere. Whilst Peggy is in the forest, the world seems dark and haunting, but when she comes back, the world seems light again. These cross overs in time were what I enjoyed the most. Peggy's point of view in present day had me desperate to find out how she had got home and what had happened. It keeps the story going and compels you to read on.

The descriptions in this are incredibly vivid and realistic. Claire manages to make you feel like you are right there with Peggy. Told in Peggy's point of view, you see things through a child's eyes and also that she may not be giving us the right information into the events that unfold.

Even though I was initially unsure of this story to begin with, Claire's writing won me over and I finished this in a few hours. The amount of care and detail that has gone into writing this brilliant debut is obvious and Claire really makes you feel that you like Peggy, are in a world of isolation.

The ending was completely unexpected and quite shocking. I think I would have liked it to have been tied up a bit more though, but it really makes you think right back through the story to see how you could have missed what happened.

An atmospheric and haunting debut from Claire Fuller.


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