Title: The Trick to Time
Author: Kit de Waal
Release Date: 29th March 2018
Rating: 4.5 stars
I was worried Kit de Waal wouldn’t be able to write a book as poignant and moving as My Name is Leon, but I needn’t have worried. The Trick to Time is beautifully written and is the story of Mona, a woman who has just turned sixty and has arrived at a crossroads in her life. The story moves seamlessly from Mona’s past life in Ireland to the Birmingham of the seventies, right up until the present day.
The subject matter of child loss is a difficult one (and one I have personal family experience of), but in the skilful hands of Kit de Waal it is handled with the sensitivity and tenderness it deserves. Mona’s story is poignant without being overly sentimental and leads to an unexpected denouement that I found incredibly moving.
The Trick to Time is a beautiful book that may be a difficult read for some. A memorable 4.5 stars.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of this book.