Thank you to Kate and Hodder & Stoughton for the opportunity to be on the blog tour for Wish You Were Here and for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Diana O’Toole’s life is going perfectly to plan. At twenty-nine, she’s up for promotion to her dream job as an art specialist at Sotheby’s and she’s about to fly to the Galápagos where she’s convinced her surgeon boyfriend, Finn, is going to propose.
But then the virus hits New York City and Finn breaks the news: the hospital needs him, he has to stay. But you should still go, he insists. And reluctantly, she agrees.
Once she’s in the Galápagos, the world shuts down around her, leaving Diana stranded – albeit in paradise. Completely isolated, with only intermittent news from the outside world, Diana finds herself examining everything that has brought her to this point and wondering if there’s a better way to live.
But not everything is as it seems . . .
Wish You Were Here is a fascinating, unique and honest novel focused on the covid pandemic. It displays stark truths about the situation we all found (find) ourselves in.
Diana is an interesting character and one that I took a little bit of time to warm to. When that happened though, I was very quickly immersed into her world and became part of her journey.
I found it interesting to see the viewpoint and navigation of a somewhat stranded female character. One who is outside of her comfort zone and attacking (limited) opportunities. The growth in Diana’s character was wonderful to ‘watch’ as the novel progressed. The details about her parents, family and wider circle only add to this. Her feelings towards her Mother are strong and the love for Finn and their life is real, although ultimately changed by her experiences.
It was certainly interesting to read fiction based on the pandemic, one of the few that I have read thus far. It definitely transports me back to a time when things were different, although as covid is still very much a presence in our lives it’s a reminder of how real the virus is. The fear and emotions are so realistically played out. There are definitely elements of the novel which are quite tough to read. I found it a really stark reminder of how fickle life is, how we shouldn’t take any aspect of it for granted, and although set it in America, it made me appreciate the NHS staff and their sacrifices all over again.
I found all the information and details regarding the art world and Diana’s job fascinating. I definitely learnt an awful lot about selling art, catalogues and Sotheby’s. You can really understand the energy surrounding selling paintings and the buzz which the sellers and team get from securing sales, especially for highly acclaimed pieces.
Jodi Picoult writes beautifully and this book is no different. The descriptions and her way with words is really captivating and I was thoroughly engrossed. To say I was shocked by the books unexpected ‘twist’ is an understatement! I found it heavily thought provoking. I don’t want to say too much, but I definitely didn’t see it coming.
Wish You Were Here is out tomorrow, 25 November, from Hodder & Stoughton. It can be purchased using the link below, whilst also helping to support independent bookstores.
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Until Next Time,