Into the Fire by Sonia Orchard #BookReview #NetGalley #IntoTheFire

Into the Fire by Sonia Orchard Review by Debjanisthoughts NetGalley
Into the Fire by Sonia Orchard – review

Paperback, 288 pages, To be released on January 29th, 2019, by Affirm Press

Rating: 3/5

Alice, Crow, Lara – three close friends.

And then Alice dies…… in a fire. Was it an accident?

That’s Sonia Orchard’s Into the Fire in a nutshell. It chronicles the journey of three people- Alice and her husband Crow and her best friend, Lara, who narrates the story. It showcases Lara’s and Alice’s journey from their days in the university till Alice’s death several years later.

Into the Fire was not an easy read for me because it held up a mirror to many uncomfortable truths.  This book shows how people who were once close to each other (so close that they were privy to each other’s secrets) drift apart slowly and painfully. This novel also conveys how foolish decisions (or indecisions) ruin our lives—not drastically and not outright, but slowly so that every waking moment is painful to endure. A significant part of the book is about our refusal to accept the consequences of our actions and our ever-increasing wants. Finally, Orchard also touches upon mental illness. The drudgery of life exacerbated by an unsupportive spouse who gradually turns into a malicious one can crush even the strongest of hopes and the happiest of persons.

Long after I finished the book and was wondering what to rate it, these thoughts hit me. However, when I was leafing through the book, it was, unfortunately, a dreary, rambling story. Orchard has prolonged it unnecessarily by quoting studies on philosophy most of which I didn’t understand. It’s only the last 20% of the book (Kindle edition – eARC) that’s gripping because Lara doesn’t prattle here at all. With no studies quoted or any dense, philosophical musing to disrupt the flow of the story, I could clearly perceive Lara’s feelings in the last few pages. A sense of unease grew as if the cold, clammy hand of reality was closing about me. Orchard never corroborates what happens between Alice and Crow. It’s always Alice’s version of events versus Crow’s version. Whom should Lara believe? The hysterical, emotional Alice who has got a short fuse, or the calm and controlled Crow.

If only the story was more compact, and Orchard hadn’t played peek-a-boo with Lara’s feelings by shrouding them in philosophy, I would have rated it higher. Although I did not understand the esoteric musings, that may not be the case for everyone. People who prefer heavy books will like it. Those looking for mystery should brave a slow first and middle part. The book deals with dark themes, so, go for it if that’s your cup of tea.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This review is also posted on Goodreads.

Author: debjani6ghosh

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