Black Heart Blue was the reading choice this week, and boy has it been an emotional read. For those that are yet to pick it up, Black Heart Blue follows the story of Rebecca, a young girl that has recently lost her twin sister Hephzi. She is left alone to deal with her cruel family life and her father – the one man the whole community is behind. She has to find her own way to escape, and her own way to conquer her past.
Hephzi is beautiful and Rebecca is disfigured – due to her Treacher Collins Syndrome – a disfigurement that her fundamentally Christian family see as a ‘sin’. The main theme of Black Heat Blue is a tale of abuse and religious fervor but through it shines a tale of a connection of love so strong between Rebecca and Hephzi that not even their Father can break.
Louisa Reid is a fantastic debut author that not only manages to shock the reader but also to get them behind Rebecca and make her fight for her own life. I know of a couple of people that haven’t managed to finish this book due to its emotionally harrowing content – but, I must urge you to finish the book if you begin, as you’ll come out of it respecting our main character and feeling a lot better than if you’d left the book halfway through!