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    Brilliant!

    "Maria in the Moon" is a wonderfully written book about thirty two year old Catherine-Maria whose house has been flooded in the Hull floods of 2007. She decides to volunteer on the phones at the Flood Crisis helplines as the reader follows her thoughts in trying to remember what happened during her ninth year of life for which she has no recollection of. An unusual backdrop to this book made it very unique and a great premise for a story about someone who has obvious suppressed memories. There are some very beautiful and poignant moments in the story both funny and sad but nevertheless compelling. At times I wanted to just jump into the book and befriend Catherine - she often seemed so lonely, and although it's evident to the reader that something horrendous happened when she was nine it was still upsetting to read and my heart totally went out to her. There's obviously been a lot of research carried out regarding the floods that actually happened in Hull and it was saddening to read how families were affected by them. I also wasn't aware just how much goes into volunteering on crisis helplines and Louise has portrayed the emotion and dedication that volunteers need to have to be able to do this job just perfectly. Louise Beech's attention to detail in her descriptions is second to none and allowed you to visualise everything that was written so clearly. I haven't read anything before by Louise but I am aware how respected she is as an author and how popular her previous book 'The Mountain in My Shoe' was. I certainly will be looking for her work in the future and wish her well with this superbly written piece of contemporary fiction. 4 stars
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