Holly Seddon’s new book, Love Will Tear Us Apart questions the nature of love, friendship and marriage. Focusing on protagonists Kate and Paul, best friends since childhood, it follows their changing relationship over several decades.

As teens, the friends vow that if they are both still single aged thirty, they will marry each other. Later faced with the reality of that situation, they decide to honour their earlier promise. But what happens if the love that you feel for someone isn’t the right kind of love? And is friendship more important than marriage?

In exploring the couple’s journey, Seddon takes us from the early 1980s through to 2012, when Kate and Paul’s tenth wedding anniversary looms. We see their troughs and triumphs; experience their happiness and disappointments.

Of the two protagonists, Paul is the more relaxed and empathetic, while Kate appears far more complex and arguably more difficult to warm to as a character. Possibly this may impact on the level of engagement that the reader may have with their story.

At this point, I have to be honest and say that I far prefer Seddon’s earlier books – the psychological thrillers – and that’s partly because of the tight plots, tone and pace, partly because I’m not totally convinced by this current book’s central premise.

And yet, I guess the very joy of reading is that particular books resonate.

Certainly, Love Will Tear Us Part is well written and there are some passages that struck a chord.

I would recommend it as the perfect poolside read.


Love will tear us apart | Holly Seddon | Atlantic Books| June 2018 | hardback




Acknowledgements: This review is published as part of the Love Will Tear Us Apart blog tour, June 2018. Thanks to Anne Cater for arranging it and to the publisher supplying a review copy. All views expressed are our own.


Also of interest:We should all be feminists‘; ‘Force of Nature–aka where’s Alice Russell?‘; ‘Jane Harper’s stylish debut – The Dry‘; ‘”Amethyst and flowers on table” – the beauty of Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell‘; ‘The beauty of Sarah Taylor’s The Shore‘; ‘Nora Roberts’ Come Sundown – a tale of strong women‘; ‘Jane Harper’s stylish debut The Dry – murder and mayhem in small-town Australia‘; ‘An Alaskan epic – Rosamund Lupton’s The Quality of Silence; ‘How Penguin learned to fly – Allen Lane and the Original Penguin Ten‘.


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