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‘In the depths of winter in West London, Neely Sharpe’s life is turned upside down: not only has her career reached a dead end, but her girlfriend, Angela, has vanished. In desperation, Neely scours the city to try and find out what has happened, travelling from London’s pubs and snowy streets, down to the depths of the sewers. As her hunt continues, networks of friends, family, and old adversaries become entangled and she ends up delving into Angela’s past. Nothing could prepare her for what she will discover about the hidden life of the woman she loves. The Hope & Anchor is an atmospheric debut novel which captures the dreams London holds for its natives and newcomers alike, and investigates what happens when the dreamers finally have to wake up.’
Julia Kite has woven together an intricate tale of mystery and love. It is such an insightful novel, that it made me look at the aspects of my own life. I adored the character of Neely, of whom the book is told through the eyes of, and the impact she had on the story. She initially comes across as humorous, loveable and full to the brim with fun, a real girl next door. But then there is a deepness to her once she finds out her girlfriend is missing… what journey are we going to be taken on with her?
You can see Julia’s creative intelligence shining through in this one of a kind novel. Neely meets an interesting array of characters along the way which adds to the magic of the book, and what I loved the most is that this is not your typical ‘missing girl’ novel full of police, death and destruction. You don’t really need to know ‘whodunnit’, what you need to enjoy is peeling back the layers of this laborious story of two completely different girls in love.
I loved the outcome; very gritty and courageous and the final paragraphs were admirable and dream-like. All in all, a wonderful story that would appeal to the likes of many people as I feel that this book cannot be categorised as just one genre, but various genres rolled together.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Julia Kite lives in Manhattan, and calls New York City and London home. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the London School of Economics. Obsessed with cities and the people in them, she started her career researching housing and urban regeneration, and she now directs policy and research for a transportation improvement organisation. Before she began working to make New York City’s streets better for cyclists, she was taking long rides along the Grand Union Canal in West London. She is a member of the Columbia Fiction Foundry, an alumna of quiz shows The Chase and Jeopardy, an urban wildlife rehabilitator, a keen amateur baker, and the owner of an opinionated parrot. The Hope and Anchor is her first novel, a work of fiction about a very real place she holds dear.