REVIEW - Relativity by Antonia Hayes

Title: Relativity

Author: Antonia Hayes

Publisher: Corsair

Release Date: 19th January 2017

Source: ARC
‘A true storyteller: her characters are alive’ Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap

‘Wonderful; a beautifully written, heart-breaking novel’
S J Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep

‘Genuinely difficult to put down’ Greeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project

‘I tore through it’ Courtney Collins, author of The Burial

Ethan is an exceptionally gifted young boy, obsessed with physics and astronomy. 

His single mother Claire is fiercely protective of her brilliant, vulnerable son. But she can’t shield him forever from learning the truth about what happened to him when he was a baby; why Mark had to leave them all those years ago.

Now age twelve, Ethan is increasingly curious about his past, especially his father’s absence in his life. When he intercepts a letter to Claire from Mark, he opens a lifetime of feelings that, like gravity, will pull the three together again.

Relativity is a tender and triumphant story about unbreakable bonds, irreversible acts, and testing the limits of love and forgiveness.

This book is breathtakingly brilliant, a beautiful read, a difficult subject, an incredible little (well not so little he's 12) boy and the story of how his father came back in to his life.

Ethan is not a normal boy, he is obsessed with science and rightly so, he is brilliant with an incredible understanding of physics, astronomy and this of course earns him a place on the school bullies list but he has a happy home with his mum Claire.  

A single mum since her husband went away when Ethan was 4 months old, she has put her ambitions as a ballerina on hold to make sure her son has the best life possible, to keep him happy, healthy and kept oblivious to the reasons why she and Mark her ex-husband and Ethan's father are no longer together.

But an illness in Mark's family brings him back in contact with Claire, this brings up feelings good and bad and leads to Ethan discovering why his Dad left.

Told in flashbacks and from the POV's of Claire, Ethan and Mark, this truly has a wealth of emotions bursting from the pages.  As it is revealed to us bit by bit where Mark has been and how he got there, the characters go through emotional upheaval and it is apparent that Mark and Claire have already gone through a lot of the years and old wounds are being opened.

I devoured this is one afternoon, as I read it I felt I didn't know how it was going to end, some books keep you guessing, others lay it out for you, this didn't.  I'm glad it didn't.

Ethan has to be the standout character in the story, older than his 12 years, he shows maturity yet when he meets Alison she helps him become a kid again, the pair become fast friends.  He deals with everything that comes at him brilliantly, I couldn't have.

A brilliant emotion crushing read that will have you in tears several times over.

Thanks to Corsair for sending me a copy in advance in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. I hadn't heard of this one, so thank you so much for sharing. It sounds like a really beautiful story- and that's great that you read it all in one afternoon.

  2. This DOES sound brilliant. I don't usually read stories like this, but the coimbination of characters sounds perfect. I am adding it to Goodreads. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it. :)

  3. This book sounds really good. Coincidentally, it sounds like a story I writing. Kinda. Anyways, glad to see you enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.


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