First of all, let’s pay homage to that cover! Seriously! This has probably won cover of the year for me! And let me assure you, what’s inside the cover is every bit as impressive!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
1949: Rudy, A Jewish New Yorker snatches a briefcase of cash from a dead man in Los Angeles and runs away from his old life, into the arms of the Boston mob.
1966: Hinako, a young Japanese girl runs away from what she thought was the suffocating conformity of a life in Japan. Aiming to make a fresh start in America, she falls into the grip of a Hawaiian gang dubbed ‘The Company’.
1967: Rudy and Hinako’s lives collide in the city of Honolulu, where there is nowhere left for either of them to run, and only blood to redeem them.
What can I say? I think I might be lost for words when it comes to this one! That opening chapter ripped through me like a bullet! Oh what a bloody opening! Powerful doesn’t even cut it. This is one of these books that I don’t want to talk about the plot (other than to say it is OUTSTANDING) So here’s all my feels for this one!
It’s brutal yet brilliant: raw but razor sharp, and hauntingly heart-breaking. Violence seeps through the pages, yet never gratuitous, each word earns its place on the pages. The characters will most definitely earn a place in your heart!
A cast of characters who are potentially some of the most complex I have come across complete the picture as we watch as Rudy and Hinako’s lives collide, some of the most haunting scenes as each of their stories play out. Combine this with a chill as you observe “the boy” like a butterfly morph into a dark and dangerous psychopath. Chilled me to the bone!
The language is visual; it’s almost violently lyrical and is most definitely visceral and it transports you to the heart of the story.
With an everchanging timeline you would think it would be a confusing read but each bit slots perfectly into place as the storytelling is executed to perfection.
Say Goodbye When I’m Gone, transported me to a time, place and culture I know little about, yet I felt completely immersed in the world contained within those pages. It filled me with heartbreak and hope.
I urge you to read it! You must read it!
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