I received a proof copy of ‘The Gifts’ by Liz Hyder from the author when I won a competition. I also received through NetGalley from the publisher Bonnier Books UK, Manilla Press. The expected Publishing date is 17.02.22.
I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but there are a few that stand out to me, and this was one of them. I am so glad I read as it is breath-taking.
This book is set in 1840; a young woman is taking a walk and suddenly she is brought to her knees and awakens to discover she has wings.
Meanwhile in London there is a rumour about a fallen angel, and many including a surgeon and a lady called Mary take an interest in the story.
What follows is a chilling and dark story as the surgeon becomes obsessed with his new discovery and Mary investigates with the help of an old friend.
How far will the surgeon take his obsession? Will Mary manage to find the truth behind the fallen angel rumours?
This book is beautifully and brilliantly written, I loved it all the way through. As I said before I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but this storyline and how the book was laid out kept be enthralled throughout.
The chapters are not too long and move back and forth through the various groups of characters. I loved this as it felt you got little snippets of everyone, and it all made the story develop very smoothly.
I have a few favourite characters, but my main one must be Mary. Her bold and determined attitude is amazing and stands out as different for a female character for this time.
Parts of the storyline did leave me with a chill, as the surgeons obsession becomes deeper and deeper, it is shocking and scary how far he is willing to go to get power and recognition from his peers.
I could talk about this book all day, but I don’t want to give anymore away. I will definitely be looking for more from this author in the future.
Overall, an amazing, chilling and dark debut which shows just how a shocking discovery can change so many lives.