Friday, 21 March 2014

Mini-view: Three Little Words - Jessica Thompson

They are just words but they mean so much. 
As a dark evening draws in, the lives of three women are changed forever. 
The worlds they have been living in, the people they thought they knew - in an instant it all changes.
But when everything seems to shatter around them, could three little words be enough to help put the pieces back together again?

After having devoured Jessica Thompson's debut novel This is a Love Story in a mere evening, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Three Little Words. While completely different from This is a Love Story, Three Little Words is no less gripping or enjoyable.

An entirely different concept from her previous novel, Thompson's latest is a that little bit darker, grittier and possibly even more emotional. The novel centres around one traumatic event that has particular repercussions for three very different strong and captivating women.

There are a lot of voices in Thompson's novel and the narrative bounces around between half a dozen characters. I'll admit, at first I thought this was going to irritate me - I tend to find a character I like and latch on - but it's so well done that after a few moments sorting everyone out in your head you soon get used to, and look forward to, the switch at the end of each chapter. Initially seemingly unconnected the characters are actually all brilliantly intertwined, coming together at the end of the novel in 'Ah-ha!' moments that could rival any murder mystery.

If you've read Thompson's earlier work the fact that Three Little Words is a bit of an emotional roller-coaster will come as no surprise. The book is a beautiful blend of love, forgiveness, hope and regret that serves to remind us that, even in a place as vast and anonymous as London, we are all connected somehow.

An amazing novel with a depth that is somewhat belied by it's cover, Thompson reveals that sometimes all we need are three little words, and they aren't always the three little words we're expecting.

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