So today I am incredibly excited to be on the blog tour for the debut novel Relativity by Antonia Hayes
About this book…
“Help,” he said. “He’s not breathing.”
A tiny baby is rushed to hospital. Doctors suspect he was shaken by his father, who is later charged and convicted. The baby grows up in the care of his mother. Life goes on.
Twelve years later, Ethan is a singular young boy. Gifted with an innate affinity for physics and astronomy, Ethan sees the world in ways others simply can’t – through a prism of light, time, stars and space.
Ethan is the centre of his mother’s universe. Claire has tried to protect him from finding out what happened when he was a baby. But the older Ethan gets, the more questions he asks about his absent father.
A single handwritten letter is all it takes to set off a dramatic chain of events, pulling both parents back together again into Ethan’s orbit. As the years seem to warp and bend, the past is both relived and revealed anew for each of them.
Relativity is an irresistible story about love, unbreakable bonds and irreversible acts.
If you only buy one book this year then make it this one. It’s only January but this beautiful and intelligently written book has already reserved itself a place in my heart and in my top books of the year so far. It is stunning but what makes it even more incredible is that this breathtaking book is a debut novel!
If I could advise anything else then it would be not to read too many reviews of Relativity! Yes I know I should be supporting other reviewers but I went into this book pretty much blind and was glad afterwards that I had. The less you know the bigger the reaction you will have to Ethan. This young boy is such a wonderful character creation and I fell in love with him from the moment I met him. His relationship with his mother Claire has a touching honesty about it which seems a strange thing to say when you realise the secrets she has been keeping from her son once Mark comes back into their lives.
A very emotional and distressing subject is well handled by the author who has well researched her subject matter with an obvious deep concern. The scientific thread running through the narrative was perfectly placed as a parallel to Ethans condition as it became part of who he was. I found it fascinating and a much needed aside to the very emotional plot details that emerged throughout. Ethan and Claires story moved me to tears many times and I sobbed throughout the last few pages. This is truly a very special book and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Relativity is out in paperback on 19th January 2016 and many thanks Clara Diaz at Little Brown Books for my advanced copy that I chose to read and review.
Meet the author…
Antonia Hayes, who grew up in Sydney and spent her twenties in Paris, lives in San Francisco with her husband and son. Relativity is her first novel.