Thank you again, Bookollective for inviting me onto the tour and for sending me a copy of Traumata by Douglas Renwick for free in exchange for an honest review.
I'll be honest Traumata turned out to be a little different to what I imagined but in a good way. Some of the book is shocking, and graphic, but not for the sake of it making it unnecessary. The story is explosive, emotional and very compelling. However, don’t let that throw you off there is tenderness, love and some nice fluffy bits.
Douglas has given us the reader a vivid insight not only into a young woman’s grief but life and death in an Afghanistan village. Despite the challenging topics in this book, the captivating situation that Melanie finds herself in, and as her story is revealed it’s so easy to get entangled in her story. I loved the email transcripts and the legal element of the story and they really helped bring the courtroom scenes to life. It’s one of those books where you get that engrossed in the story you just have to know what happens, and you buckle in for the bumpy ride that each reveal and twists and turn gives.
The writing is faultless and concise, making what could have been a dreary legal case book into an action-packed thriller with clever use of language, imagery and intriguing plot lines. Douglas’s research into the legal system has certainly been thought out and developed. Douglas has also managed to create an extreme unimaginable situation yet it remains relatable and human. A good read overall that keeps your interest throughout with a clever ending. Douglas is a great storyteller and he kept me guessing until the last page. I am going to look into some more of his work.