The Beauty of Impossible Things

by Rachel Donohue

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Beauty of Impossible Things

Beautifully written, this rich and heady drama about a young woman who foretells tragedy is powerfully intense and enthralling.

This is beautiful indeed, yet darkly intimate and almost claustrophobic in its intensity. 15 year old Natasha foretells tragedy when lights appear above her seaside town. As she tells the story of her past some 30 years later, she is still consumed by the events that occurred. I love Rachel Donohue’s writing, it is so haunting and powerful, she turns a spotlight on the shadow of things that sit in the background and brings them to the fore. Her first novel The Temple House Vanishing is on the surface very different, yet her assured and elegant eloquence is stamped over both books. I started to read The Beauty of Impossible Things and within a few sentences found myself intrigued and then consumed. I could taste Natasha’s words, they landed as a visual dance in my mind. There is an ageless quality to this storyline, even though it is set in the modern day. It felt as though the trappings of being different is a story that has and will be repeated again and again through history. Rich, close, and heavy with feeling, The Beauty of Impossible Things opens thoughts and sets them free.

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The Beauty of Impossible Things Synopsis

Foresight is not always a gift...

The summer Natasha Rothwell turns fifteen, strange dancing lights appear in the sky above her small town, lights that she interprets as portents of doom.

Natasha leads a sheltered life with her beautiful, bohemian mother in a crumbling house by the sea. As news of the lights spreads, more and more visitors arrive in the town, creating a feverish atmosphere of anticipation and dread. And the arrival of a new lodger, the handsome Mr Bowen, threatens to upset the delicate equilibrium between mother and daughter.

Then Natasha's fears seem to be realized when a local teenager goes missing, and she is called on to help. But her actions over that long, hot summer will have unforeseen and ultimately tragic consequences that will cast a shadow for many years to come...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781838952143
Publication date: 6th May 2021
Author: Rachel Donohue
Publisher: Corvus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Primary Genre Family Drama
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Rachel Donohue Press Reviews

Haunting and compelling - Emma Rous

Donohue is a master of clean, sharp prose - Irish Times on Rachel Donohue

Donohue looks to be the latest name to join the ranks of Ireland's proud female thriller-writing tradition. - Irish Independent on Rachel Donhue

Rachel Donohue is an enchanting writer - Sunday Business Post on Rachel Donhue

This brooding tale of obsessive love, teenage jealousy and hidden desire has a dark charm - The i paper on The Temple House Vanishing

With shades of everything from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Frost in May to Picnic at Hanging Rock and The Secret History, this is subtle, intriguing and very well written. - Guardian on The Temple House Vanishing

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ISBN: 9781838952143
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About Rachel Donohue

Rachel Donohue lives in Dublin where she works in communications. In 2017 she won the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award for her short fiction. The Temple House Vanishing was her first novel published in 2020, an Irish Times bestseller, it was nominated for a best newcomer award at the Irish Book Awards and for the Kate O’Brien Award for first fiction. Her new novel The Beauty of Impossible Things was published in May this year. Instagram @rachellucydonohue

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