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Here Is The Beehive by Sarah Crossan - Review

Monday, January 16, 2023

I've read Sarah Crossan's books for teenagers, told in verse, so when I saw that she had written a book in verse for adults I was intrigued and wanted to read it. I was granted it on Netgalley by Bloomsbury, so thank you very much to them. Here Is the Beehive was published on the 8th of July 2021. I was provided with a free electronic copy of the book for review purposes but was not otherwise compensated for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This was my final book of 2022, the 108th book I read in the year. I really wanted to break a hundred and I'm so glad I did - helped by the fact that I read fourteen books in July! I will write about the books I read in my next post. But this was a really nice book to finish on. I started it while I was away in Somerset for Christmas, and finished it just before New Year. I am just sad it took me so long to get to this book because I really like Sarah Crossan and her poetry.

So, Ana Kelly is a solicitor who deals with wills and such like. She is married and has two small children. She has been having an affair with a man called Connor for three years, on and off. The two are currently on a break when Ana gets a phone call from Connor's wife. She thinks she's been rumbled, but actually, Connor is dead, and Rebecca is trying to sort out his will.

Ana is devastated, but of course she can't talk about it to anyone. Not even her best friend, Tanya, knows that Ana has been having an affair. The only person that knows is Connor's friend Michael, so Ana tries to talk to him but he rebuffs her. She goes to Connor's funeral where Michael tells her off. Ana is just alone. Her marriage is crumbling and her teacher husband accuses her of being a bad wife.

I liked this book just as much as I've liked Sarah's novels for teens. I'm giving this four out of five. 

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