If the Creek Don’t Rise, Leah Weiss
I really thought I’d enjoy this, it sounded so intriguing. sadly I just found it too grim for me, too dirt poor desperate and couldn’t like or engage with any of the characters, though I felt incredibly sad for them trapped by circumstances into a life like that.
I’m sure for many people it’s real.
Its very well written, a great debut for those that like this type of story. I look for more upbeat books though, ones I can enjoy reading, an escape into another’s life, and I don’t mind that being dark, or sad so long as there’s hope that it gets better. With this though it just felt like unremitting sadness, no hope of anything positive coming out.
I just couldn’t continue reading, I could feel myself being dragged down into the story without any light at the end. Real life is enough like that for me right now, I don’t want to get sucked into that in my leisure time.
It’s one of those cases where its me not the book, I just found it too depressing, it just wasn’t one for me, and I couldn’t finish it.
Stars: two, DNF, too grim for me but well written and perfect for others.
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