The Review: Very much in the vein of Sarah Waters’ superb The Paying Guests, this is a book in which very little action takes place, but so so much is happening beneath the skin of the characters. When Elio is drawn to Oliver, a house guest, what ensues is a tempestuous relationship, full of unspoken feelings, uncertainties, sudden, violent passion and the brutally honest reflection that follows.
I was so drawn into the lives of these characters that the what ifs and what might have beens thrown up towards the end reduced me to tears. This is a literary masterpiece of introspection.
The Verdict: An overwhelmingly moving book of brilliance.
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