On an ordinary Saturday morning in 1996, the residents of Nightingale Point wake up to their normal lives and worries.
Mary has a secret life that no one knows about, not even Malachi and Tristan, the brothers she vowed to look after.
Malachi had to grow up too quickly. Between looking after Tristan and nursing a broken heart, he feels older than his twenty-one years.
Tristan wishes Malachi would stop pining for Pamela. No wonder he's falling in with the wrong crowd, without Malachi to keep him straight.
Elvis is trying hard to remember to the instructions his care worker gave him, but sometimes he gets confused and forgets things.
Pamela wants to run back to Malachi but her overprotective father has locked her in and there's no way out.
It's a day like any other, until something extraordinary happens. When the sun sets, Nightingale Point is irrevocably changed and somehow, through the darkness, the residents must find a way back to lightness, and back to each other.
Firstly my thanks go to Lucy Richardson at HQ for my blog tour invite and ARC of Luan Goldie’s stunning debut, Nightingale Point.
Looking at the blurb and the subject of this book, it got my attention straight away, whilst usually reading and reviewing Crime, I wanted something different and this just sounded like such an intriguing idea I had to read this book.
I absolutely flew through this completely stunning, endearing, heart breaking but also heart warming at times, tale of a community shattered by the most unbelievable, unpredictable event no one could ever prepare for.
The story is told by the residents, Mary, Malachi, Tristan, Elvis and Pamela.
Mary looks after Malachi and Tristan, their ‘Aunt’ after their mother left them to move back to the Caribbean,
Malachi is the older of the boys and see’s it as his duty to look after teenage Tristan, who is slowly turning to trouble.
Elvis, is a wonderful character, living on his own with learning disabilities, helped by a care in the community nurse who has little interest in him or his care.
And Pamela, Malachi girlfriend of sorts, controlled by her angry over protective dad.
Without detailing the extraordinary incident in this book, it is a story, of survival, of coming together , of fighting against the longest of odds , it’s about how we take life for granted then deal with aftermath and devastation.
Touching, poignant, painful , it’s also truly brilliant, and written beautifully, it evoked emotions in me that reading rarely has. I felt I was at Nightingale point, fighting with the residents, to repair their worlds.
I could go on and on with superlatives for this remarkable book, I genuinely loved it.
I hope everyone reads Nightingale Point and loves it as much as I did.