From Rachel Reads 1983

Rachel Reads 1983 Instagram @rachel_reads_1983 is one of Instagram’s most prolific readers and reviewers. Rachel reads at an absolutely dizzying pace, and this is what she says about The Draftsman.

A Review of The Draftsman

Today I’m kicking off the booktour for The Draftsman by Laurel Lindström.  Thank you so much to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for letting me be a part of it. 

Martin Cox is a brilliant but untrained draftsman in his early twenties. He is rich, damaged, obsessive, binary. 

Shadowhurst Hall, remote, desolate and forgotten, exerts a peculiar pull. The country landscape, a world of shades and shadows, both confuses and beguiles Martin, a man more comfortable in black and white, with facts and numbers. 

As he explores the house, the landscape and its history it leads him on a journey back in time to two world wars, and forwards, unexpectedly, towards a healing. A novel of memory and history, and of the scars left by unacknowledged damage and how they can shape us, The Draftsman is also a story of renewal. 

This was a really impressive debut and such a fascinating read.  The cover is absolutely stunning and is a really great metaphor for the book itself.  There were elements of humour in the book but, through Lindström’s skilful writing, and through a small cast of characters, also poignancy and loss. 

Haunting, heartfelt and beautifully written, this book deserves to be read and savoured.  The Draftsman is truly something different and is out now.

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