Can You Hear Me? is that kind of light read you’d enjoy reading through by the beach. It’s not an action-packed thriller. But even though it focuses less on the thriller element, this book really did it for me because it tackles important matters such as mental health.
The book has got that moody atmosphere (think THE ROANOKE GIRLS by Amy Engel), except here we’re taken into the mind of a sixteen year-old as he describes the unfortunate atmosphere around him – his father’s mental illness, to be exact – and the aftermath his family has to live through.
The story unfolds at a slow pace, and when it does, I found that the turn of events in the second half of the book really just depends on the reader himself/herself. For instance, at some point, the author focuses on the boy’s infatuation with one of the characters – which might just be an aspect of how a parent’s mental health can affect a child, but as I said, some aspects of the book do depend on the reader’s personal opinion.
The ending was a satisfying one. It was less about unraveling a mystery and more about a coming-together of all the pieces of the story into a conclusion of the aftermath of the main character’s father’s emotional state.
All in all, this book still remains a fun read to dive into if you’re looking for something light and that’s not very heavy, dark or intense.
***Thank you to Quercus and Elena Varvello for providing me with a ARC of CAN YOU HEAR ME? in exchange for an honest review***
So what do you guys think about this book? Do you feel like it’s up your alley?
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