The Devolution of Us: Morwenna Blackwood

Such a lot to say about this book. Not an easy read but – because of that – nevertheless moving and provocative. Written from different points of view, and often flashing back through time, a picture is built up to explain the reasons behind the choices each character made, and because of their flawed personalities, we come to discover why they were such bad choices. Of course, in the world of mental illness, sometimes there is no such thing as ‘choices’ and we see how easy it is for individuals to become drawn into unhealthy relationships, often driven by the need to belong.

Stand-out characters, for me, were Kayleigh and Richard and the fate of the latter, in particular, spurred me on to the end, hoping he’d get the reward he truly deserved for his actions throughout the novel.

A gritty narrative, sparse at times but well written with an obvious heart for equality and social justice. I believe there’s a sequel on the way and have put it on my ‘to-read’ list.

… the water was red and translucent, like when you rinse a paint brush in a jam jar. The deeper into the water, the darker the red got. No, the thicker it got. It wasn’t water, it was human. It was Cath.

Cath is dead, but how and why isn’t clear-cut to her best friend, Kayleigh.

As Kayleigh searches for answers, she is drawn deeper into Cath’s hidden world.

The (D)Evolution of Us questions where a story really begins, and whether the world in our heads is more real than reality.

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