How did I get it?:
I received it as a present from my Secret Santa!
When her mother is knocked down and killed by a London bus, fifteen-year-old Melon Fouraki is left with no family worth mentioning. Her mother, Maria, never did introduce Melon to a ‘living, breathing’ father. The indomitable Auntie Aphrodite, meanwhile, is hundreds of miles away on a farm in Crete, and is unlikely to be jumping on a plane and coming to East Finchley anytime soon. But at least Melon has ‘The Story’. ‘The Story’ is the Fourakis family fairytale. A story is something. RED INK is a powerful coming-of-age tale about superstition, denial and family myth.
I was really intrigued by the synopsis of this book, so it was one I was very happy to receive at Christmas time. I thought Julie Mayhew’s debut was incredibly accomplished, and I hope we all get the opportunity to read a lot of her work in the future!
Red Ink is the story of a fifteen-year-old girl called Melon, (yes, really!) who is coming to terms with the loss of her mother. She’s trying to continue with her life. She wants to rebuild her life and ultimately herself too. The story takes place in London and Crete, highlighting the difference between both places beautifully.
What I really enjoyed about this book was Melon’s narration. She felt real. I was convinced by her story, her feelings and how she handled the terrible grief. It’s not a really bleak read though, there are humorous moments which are very much welcomed. I think the book would be way too intense otherwise.
Usually, I’m not a massive fan of books that flip backwards and forwards in time. I only like them if they are really well written and clear. Luckily Red Ink is well written and clear. The chapters clearly state whether they’re based in the time period before Melon’s mother’s death or after the tragic event.
I was so impressed by this debut. It’s an easy to read, well written, honest read. I will be definitely looking out for whatever Julie Mayhew may publish next.
Would I recommend it?:
Left Drowning- Jessica Park