Today I’m sharing my thoughts about The Ends of the Earth by Abbie Greaves. Thank you to Laura O’Donnell at Cornerstone, Penguin Random House for the opportunity to join the paperback publication blog tour and a copy of the book to review.
Mary O’Connor has been keeping a vigil for her first love for the past seven years.
Every evening without fail, Mary arrives at Ealing Broadway station and sets herself up among the commuters. In her hands, Mary holds a sign which bears the words: ‘Come Home Jim.’
Call her mad, call her a nuisance, call her a drain on society – Mary isn’t going anywhere. That is, until an unexpected call turns her world on its head. In spite of all her efforts, Mary can no longer find the strength to hold herself together. She must finally face what happened all those years ago, and answer the question – where on earth is Jim?
The Ends of the Earth is at once a love story and a mystery, as well as a reflection on how to navigate a life in suspension. It is an incredibly timely novel which raises universal themes around mental health, relationships and the importance of community.
Despite having a copy of Abbie’s debut novel, The Silent Treatment, on my Kindle for a year, I have to admit that I still haven’t read it. However, now that I’ve read The Ends of the Earth, I know that I need to rectify that situation.
The vibrant and colourful cover of this book contains a thought provoking book about how sometimes love isn’t enough for a relationship to continue. The love story between Mary and Jim is central to the story, but also other relationships changed by illness and abandonment feature.
This book was a challenging read in places, looking at how difficulties in our mental health may lead us to make changes to our lives in ways our friends and families don’t understand, despite the promises we may have made when feeling well.
As someone who works with young people, it was Alice’s story about her father leaving and her feelings years later, who made me appreciate how some of the young people I work with may feel.
There is a lot of sadness in this story but there is also hope, friendship, community spirit and resilience. This is a book I will be recommending to friends and one that will stay with me for a long time.
ABBIE GREAVES studied at Cambridge University before working in a literary agency for a number of years. She was inspired to write her first novel, The Silent Treatment, after reading a newspaper article about a boy in Japan who had never seen his parents speak to one another before. Abbie lives in Brighton. @AbbieGreaves1 IG @abbiegreavesauthor