We found this gem of a review of Kat Hausler’s debut novel, Retrograde over at Nudge Books and wanted to share it.
This disturbing, haunting and powerful story explores the minutiae of the relationship between the couple as they start to live together again . . . By the time I had finished reading this roller-coaster exposure to the inner workings of an essentially dysfunctional relationship I felt emotionally wrung out, as though I had lived through every moment of Helena and Joachim’s struggles. I think this is a real tribute to the quality of the author’s writing skills and her ability to make me care about these characters, even during those moments when I felt a combination of despair and irritation at their self-destructive behaviour! I thought that the ending was a masterpiece of the power of “less is more” in story-telling – but if you want to know what it is, then you will have to read this wonderful novel.
-Linda Hepworth | Nudge Books
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In her beautifully written debut novel, Kat Hausler weaves a haunting tale of the tenuous nature of love.
- Kirkus Reviews – “[E]ach word that is spoken or left unsaid becomes important in a cat-and-mouse mind game that gives this pensive story some elements of a thriller. The love that’s described is always on thin ice (“But the moment he touches her, the spell will break, and they’ll just be two people in bed together, without any enchantments”). Hausler’s ability to describe the precarious state of the emotions involved is consistently convincing. . . . A strongly written tale about resurrecting a marriage under the most unusual and mysterious of circumstances.” – Full Review
- Nudge Books | Linda Hepworth (4/5 stars) – “This disturbing, haunting and powerful story explores the minutiae of the relationship between the couple as they start to live together again . . . the ending was a masterpiece of the power of “less is more” in story-telling – but if you want to know what it is, then you will have to read this wonderful novel.” – Full Review
- Paperback Paris | Melissa Ratcliff (4/5 stars) – “Hausler’s debut novel was an incredibly beautiful look at love put through the test of time. Retrograde is very much about the nature of love as it features many of the ups and downs of a difficult relationship. From touching dates and admiration to petty fights and full blown arguments, Hausler’s breakout has it all.” – Full Review
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