“Perhaps that’s how all relationships end, not with a bang but with the accumulation of millions of tiny moments that matter, going unnoticed by one partner or the other because life gets in the way.”
How do relationships really end? Is it one momentous moment triggered by an event like an affair or betrayal? Or a slow decline, going unnoticed at first, building to a crescendo?
New novel Beat The Rain explores this topic. Told with alternating viewpoints from the main protagonists – a married couple – the novel documents the slow decline of a relationship that should work, but doesn’t.
“… it mattered. Listening to one another mattered. Perhaps that’s how all relationships end, not with a bang but with the accumulation of millions of tiny moments that matter, going unnoticed by one partner or the other because life gets in the way. And then one day you both stop trying to make the other one notice anymore. And that’s it, the slow death is in motion. The rest is entropy.” Excerpt, Beat The Rain.
Born from a mutual loss, the love Louise and Adam share is strong and at the beginning they are happy and self-contained. They fix each other. Was it always doomed to failure or do they both simply make choices that make their decline inevitable? Is there hope for their salvation?
It’s a theme many can relate to. Why does a once-happy relationship end? Does one partner just wake up one day and decide they’ve had enough? Or are the signs there all along, going unrecognised by one or other partner?
Beat The Rain documents the ‘truths’ inherent in relationships (and life). How can a couple experience the same events, yet see and experience something completely different?
Both main characters tell the truth about their lives and marriage. It just so happens their truths are different.
What advance readers are saying about Beat The Rain
“Truly heartbreaking but with moments of wonderfully light humour.”
“This book will break your heart. The plot is intriguing, and it won’t let go… I couldn’t find the willpower to stop reading. The story comes with unexpected and original twists, and I loved them. Brilliant.”
“I found it refreshing that a male author could actually write a female part so well. He captured a real woman very well. Impressive!”
“After reading the synopsis of this book, I thought I knew what to expect. Time and again, I settled in for the ride only to fall flat on my face, breathless… With each page, the question…should I believe? If so, whom? What? …Let this debut author redefine the fine art of deception.”
UK readers can get early copies from Amazon from 1 July – it is available from other stores and online booksellers on 29 July.
Order from Amazon UK now to guarantee one of the first copies on 1 July.