By Kerry Hudson
Published by Chatto and Windus
Available in Hardback / ebook.
Kerry has gone from having one of the longest titles for a novel, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma, to having the shortest title for her latest compelling novel, Thirst.
Thirst tells the unconventional love story of security guard Dave and Alena who has arrived in London from Siberia with her hopes of dreams of a new life already dashed and broken. They meet in an up-market department store where Dave is patrolling the shop and Alena is trying to slip out of the shop with a new pair of shoes.
Kerry takes the classic plot of will-they-won't-they love story and adds twists and themes that will have you laughing on one page and on the next page you want to wrap these characters in cotton wool and protect them from the nasty underbelly of London.
The beginning of relationships are meant to be about getting to know each other but for these two characters they must learn to keep the past hidden and keep each at arms length. They must battle to keep each other hidden from the others secrets.
Thirst is just as hard hitting as Tony Hogan with explorations of poverty, sexual exploitation, human trafficking whipped up with humour, love and family ties. This is a tender, heartfelt novel. Kerry has the power to write about this topics in an engaging way.
The only missing from this novel is the punchy first sentence that Tony Hogan had!
Normally second novels are flatter and flabbier than the first novel but Kerry has written a second book that fizzes and pops with a great plot and a delightful descriptions.
You can buy Thirst from your favourite online or offline bookshop.
I was kindly sent a copy by the publisher.