Gold

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How did I get it?:
It was given to me by Bibliobeth.

Synopsis:

The extraordinary third novel from Chris Cleave, author of the internationally bestselling, Costa-shortlisted THE OTHER HAND.

Kate and Zoe are friends but also ardent rivals – athletes at the top of their game, fighting to compete in the world’s greatest sporting contest. Each scarred by tragedy, and each with a great deal to lose, they must choose between family and glory and ask themselves: what will I sacrifice?

GOLD captures the extraordinary effort and dedication that go into the pursuit of victory. But this life-affirming novel is about more than sport. It is about human endurance, motherhood and love, and what enables us all, in our different ways, to achieve the remarkable.

It is a story told as only Chris Cleave could tell it. And once you begin, it will be a heart-pounding race to the finish.

Thoughts:

It’s really hard to sum up what I feel about this book because on the one hand I really loved parts of it and on the other it fell short. I do think that Chris Cleave is a brilliant writer and I wouldn’t think twice about reading a book of his. There’s something about his writing style that keeps me interested and wanting to read until the end.

This book has been included in the Richard and Judy Spring Reads and I can see why. It’s not just a story about athletes competing in the Olympics but a story about the people behind the athletes, the personal tragedies that they’ve endured.

The main five characters are so different from one another and Chris Cleave does a fantastic job of writing their side of the story, However, in my opinion, the most touching sections to read were the parts from Sophie’s point of view. The little girl was so unwell and tried to hide it to keep her parents happy. The character of Sophie really was the star of this book for me. I cared what was going to happen to her more than whether her parents got an Olympic Gold medal.

It’s hard to say whether I’d recommend this book or not. I do think it’s a decent and easy read. It’s just not what I expected from reading Chris Cleave’s other work.

Coincidently, my sister over on Bibliobeth has just posted a review of Gold too. Have a look HERE to see what she thought of it.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
Speechless- Hannah Harrington

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