A dark and tragic tale of grief and loss.
The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood by Susan Elliot Wright
Genres: Fiction, Suspense
Published: 21st February, 2019 (expected)
Well, this was fuckin’ depressing!?! I expected a dark psychological thriller, but not one that would leave me all shrivelled up on the inside. Dark? Yes, but also heartbreaking.
You know, how sometimes you come across stories that are bleak and perhaps mournful, but you get the sense that at the end things will turn out fine and there’s hope? The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood doesn’t leave you with any illusions: it starts out miserable, and it only gets worse.
Cornelia is a sympathetic figure, and my heart went out to her, and yet, her actions constantly made me cringe. Something just wasn’t right. She kept talking about the horrible thing that happened, and I found myself crossing my fingers that this won’t be one of those books that dangles this mysterious past tragedy in front of me like a carrot.
Switching between the past and the present, slowly, but surely a picture started forming in my mind, but what actually unfolded was more horrible than I thought in the beginning.
Is Cornelia a bad person? Or is she a victim of circumstances? Who really is at fault?
A slow burning, suspenseful story, The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood explores death, mental illness, grief and loneliness in an incredibly moving, but eye opening way.
I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley, but the opinions are my own.