A huge delight to be starting off the Blog Tour today for the truly wonderful The Rules of Seeing by Joe Heap. My thanks to the author and publisher for allowing me to be part of it all!
‘An utterly compelling blend of tenderness and menace…astonishing’ Ruth Hogan, The Keeper of Lost Things
‘Uplifting. I loved it. It’s made me see the world in a different way’ Dawn O Porter
About the book
Nova is 32 years old and she is about to see the world for the very first time.
Nova can do many things. She can speak five languages. She can always find a silver lining. And as an interpreter for the Metropolitan Police, she can tell when someone is lying just from the sound of their voice.
But there’s one thing Nova can’t do. She can’t see.
When her brother convinces her to have an operation that will restore her sight, Nova wakes up to a world she no longer understands. Until she meets Kate.
As Kate comes into focus and their unlikely friendship blossoms, Kate’s past threatens to throw them into a different kind of darkness. Can they both learn to see the world in a different way?
Everyone is talking about The Rules of Seeing:
‘An inspiring story of love, loss and friendship’ #1 bestselling author Catherine Alliott
‘It really made me re-evaluate how I see the world…outstanding’Katy Regan, author of Big Little Man
‘A book that reveals the world in a different light and changes the way you see it…Extraordinary’ Sunday Times bestseller Miranda Dickinson
‘Startlingly, outstandingly good’ Benjamin Ludwig, author of Ginny Moon
Published by HarperCollins
Publication Date - 6th August 2018
This was a case of expecting one thing from a book and getting something completely different from it and loving it even more because of that fact!! It was so smart, intriguing, thought provoking and such a clever mix of a love story and a dark menacing thriller that had me gripped from the first page to last.
Nova is the main character in this story and she has been blind from birth. But she has never let that hinder her and she works as an interpreter for the police. But when the chance of surgery is offered to help restore some of her sight, she is understandably torn. It's a big decision to change the only way of life that she knows - and in the end her sight ends up making her life way more complicated than it ever was before.
When she's at the hospital she meets Kate who is there after a domestic incident. They begin chatting and this is the start of an amazing connection between these two women. Their friendship deepens and they become inseparable and are a great support for one another through tough and changing times for them both.
I was expecting a book about a woman experiencing the world for the first time with sight but that isn't what I got from this book! It's a book about the things we take for granted. It gave me a whole new perspective on so many things and it transpires that Nova wasn't the one experiencing life with her eyes shut - that's how Kate was living her life since she got married and that aspect of the book was brilliantly explored and often very tough to read about.
An absolutely stunning read that I highly recommend to everyone. A powerful story that will stay with me for a long time!
My thanks to the author and publisher for sending me an advanced copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review.