When Sam falls in love with Deptford thug Derek, and Anne’s best friend Kathleen takes her own life, they discover they are linked not just by a world of drugs and revenge; they also share the friendship of the uncanny and enigmatic Deborah.
Seamstress, sailor, story-teller and self-proclaimed centenarian immortal, Deborah slowly reveals to Anne and Sam her improbable, fantastical life, a history of hidden Deptford and ultimately the solution to their crises.
With echoes of Armistead Maupin, Attend is a beautifully written, darkly funny, mesmerisingly emotive and deliciously told debut novel, rich in finely wrought characters that you will never forget.
Attend is available now in ebook and paperback. The ebook is currently only £1.99 but you can purchase a copy of both here.
Attend is a truly magical book that I know I won’t forget for a while! I don’t think I must have read the blurb properly as I thought it was a crime novel, but it’s in fact much more than that.
The story is told from the point of view of Anne, Sam and the enigmatic Deborah. Anne and Sam are both characters that are in need of a friend having g just moved into the area. Enter the magical and mysterious Deborah who befriends them and teaches them about the magic just beneath their feet.
This story just intrigued me on so many different levels. I instantly warmed to both Anne and Sam, feeling sorry for them and the situation they find themselves in. I felt that they had both had quite a hard past and deserved to have a fresh start. The mystery surrounding Deborah was very interesting and I loved learning more about her. The flash backs to the life she had lived were fascinating to read about and I enjoyed trying to figure out what their relevance was to the story. The intrigue surrounding Deborah herself and what she was was, was very interesting and kept me reading as I wanted to find out more.
I lost many hours reading this book as I was so absorbed by the story. The blurb is correct when it says the story is mesmorising as it’s a book that holds you firmly in its grasp and makes it impossible to put down. I found myself trying to read a few more pages at every opportunity as I desperately wanted to find out more.
This is, unbelievably, the author’s debut novel and I’m very excited to read more from this talented author.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Karen from Orenda books for my copy of this book. If you like enthralling crime novels with a magical twist then you’ll love this book!
About The Author:
Born and bred in south London – and not the Somerset village with which he shares a name – West Camel worked as an editor in higher education and business before turning his attention to the arts and publishing. He has worked as a book and arts journalist, and was editor at Dalkey Archive Press, where he edited the Best European Fiction 2015 anthology, before moving to new press Orenda Books just after its launch. He currently combines his work as editor at Orenda Books with writing and editing a wide range of material for various arts organisations, including ghost-writing a New-Adult novel and editing The Riveter magazine for the European Literature Network. He has also written several short scripts, which have been produced in London’s fringe theatres, and was longlisted for the Old Vic’s 12 playwrights project. Attend is his first novel.
You can follow West on Twitter @west_camel