I was recommended this book, purely on it’s epic twist and OMG what a twist! Now let me tell you straight – this is not a psychological thriller – not a book where you are trying to figure out who killed who but there is an underlying feeling the whole way through the book that something is wrong but you can’t quite figure out what it is.
Cohen’s beautiful and absorbing prose draw you in as it opens with an old couple’s love affair ending under a shocking dark cloud. This story is then told backwards, revealing a different section of of their lives every decade or so. The further back, you go the more intertwined you become in their love story and you realise what they both have given up to be together.
Romance or Contemporary Women’s Fiction isn’t my go-to genre but the more I read, the more I like and Together is the cream of the crop! Literary Fiction eat your heart out!
Characters that are real, raw and flawed and a plot that moves seamlessly, even though it jumps through time. If the ending doesn’t completely shock and make you question how you view romance, then you clearly have a heart of stone.
Make sure you have the tissues at the ready.
Soon to become the nation’s firm favourite!
About Julie Cohen
Julie Cohen grew up in the western mountains of Maine. Her house was just up the hill from the library and she spent many hours walking back and forth, her nose in a book. She studied English Literature at Brown University and Cambridge University and is a popular speaker and teacher of creative writing, including classes for The Guardian and Literature Wales. Her books have been translated into fifteen languages and have sold nearly a million copies; DEAR THING was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. Julie lives in Berkshire with her husband, son and a terrier of dubious origin.
You can find Julie on Twitter @julie_cohen or you can visit her website here.
Together is released on 13th July and published by Orion. Pre-order your copy here.
Big thanks to the lovely publicists at Orion for an ARC.
Thanks for reading!