‘Gravity is the Thing’ by Jaclyn Moriarty…an interesting read which initially grabbed me, but gradually lost me. It’s a quirky read based around main character Abi, a single mum who has never recovered from the mysterious disappearance of her brother just before her 16th birthday. The action is set very much in the moment, with flashbacks to past events which have shaped Abi’s future. The story revolves around a mysterious ‘guidebook’, chapters of which appear from time to time through the post…and which don’t actually appear to make much sense!
Jaclyn’s writing felt very like the modernist ‘stream of consciousness’ to me, otherwise known as ‘a person’s thoughts and conscious reactions to events, perceived as a continuous flow’, and a style of writing that I never really got to grips with.
For me, the book seemed too long for its plot and my attention did wane as I progressed through it.
I give this book 3 stars.