Deep Down: the 'intimate, emotional and witty' 2023 debut you don't want to miss

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Deep Down: the 'intimate, emotional and witty' 2023 debut you don't want to miss

Deep Down: the 'intimate, emotional and witty' 2023 debut you don't want to miss

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Dazed by grief, the siblings spend days wandering the streets, both helping and hurting each other in the process. They put themselves in an unnecessary situation and it's hard for me to feel for them, for that reason.

This was quite an interesting read about a brother and sister coming to terms with the death of their abusive father. What West-Knights does so effectively here is to make no distinction between past and present; incidents from childhood are related in the same continuous present tense as the current events in Paris, with nothing so clunky as dates or chapter headings to mark the switch.Tom and Billie’s memories, vivid with the clarity that childhood shame or fear can retain, are therefore presented with the same immediacy as the days of limbo between death and funeral. Millenials philosophising about mundane things while roaming around the streets of Paris and surviving on bread and water. Perhaps what is bravest about the novel’s artfully inconclusive ending is the painful acceptance that, with grief, there may never be a clear way out into the light. There was potential for some interesting explorations on family dynamics, domestic violence and complicated grief, but that didn't happen here.

This perceptive account of the undercurrents that shape our family relationships and the ways in which they play out in adulthood had me gripped. Away from the ‘tourist bit’ of the catacombs – the part filled with bones moved from the city’s cemeteries – is an extensive network of claustrophobic pathways beneath the everyday, visible level of the city. I found Tom’s story more compelling but maybe that’s just because I love Paris and can’t resist a bit of romance 🤷‍♀️ Together the siblings make for some uncomfortable reading, finding any reason to pick at each other and disagree until it all comes to a head in the catacombs (loved this little sidebar of the story, fascinating! The characters are relatively interesting and seeing how their perspectives on their alcoholic father’s life diverge towards the end of the text provided good character development for both.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. If we are going to be switching back and forth in timelines as well as between two perspectives, it would have been helpful to replace chapter numbers with character names instead.

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