I was intrigued by the storyline of Dear Edward, as soon as I read the synopsis I just knew I had to read this book! It is a scenario that may just play out in your worst nightmares, being the sole survivor of an air crash and losing your entire family in one terrifying accident.
As much as you want to just discover what actually happened with the fatal crash, you have to be patient and allow the author Ann Napolitano to unravel the mysteries behind the accident in her own time. Told through the very real first person narrative of Edward himself, this delivers a raw understanding of the feelings he felt and had to work through to try and recover from the tragedy of the deaths of his mother, father and older brother.
In addition to piecing together the current day story of recovery through Edward’s life after the crash, each alternating chapter introduces you to his family and various other members of the passengers and crew on the ill-fated plane. Learning more about Edward’s strong connection to his brother in this way helps to show us just what feelings and loss Edward is now faced with. But more than this we also find ourselves getting to know the passengers, making the loss that we know is coming seem somehow even crueler.
As we get to know these people and learn more about their own personal stories and loved ones, we are given an in-depth look at the weight that Edward himself carries. You will want to cry when he cries, but you will also want to rejoice at the strength that he discovers he has when he eventually finds a new path for his life.
Dear Edward is available for a recommended retail price of R280. It’s also available as an ebook.
Thanks to Penguin Random House for sharing this captivating read with me.