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The story is about an American woman, Sarah, dealing with the betrayal of her husband and escaping to Prague to "lose" herself in her pain, but instead finds herself on a journey towards "recovery". Along the way, we encounter the underbelly of Prague through Mikul and a cast of other characters, which provide the backdrop for Sarah's "dark side".
The best part about this novel is Roshay's masterful way with words in invoking haunting imagery. Examples:
"I wore a silk shirt, a black sheer top that felt like smoke on my shoulders."
"He smelled like wind scented with oil."
The character of Sarah - her low self-esteem and suffering - is carefully developed through a series of flashbacks and introspection. So much so that I found this book difficult to read. It was like watching a dear friend spiral out of control, and you're powerless to help her, as she cannot even take the effort to help herself.
The reason I did not give the book four stars is because the journey between the pained Sarah and what she eventually becomes is not convincing enough for me. Without giving too much of the book away, I didn't feel the Sarah's final act was in her usual character. I also couldn't understand Mikul's motivation. Other than that, the book is rich and wonderfully crafted.
Sarah, an American, runs away from her failing marriage and goes to Prague, where she meets Mikul. In her vulnerable state she falls into a relationship with him which fast spirals into obsession and violence. Roshay isn't afraid to write graphically and some of the scenes in the book are hard to read, not least because it's difficult not to scream at Sarah to wake up and get the hell out.
I liked the premise of the story and Roshay's writing, but I felt that there were times when tighter editing would have helped the action along. The ending was also not as strong as the earlier parts of the book. Overall, however, it's a good holiday read, especially if you like your stories with a darker edge to them.
Roshay takes risks in her debut novel. The author holds nothing back in her depiction of Sarah, a woman scorned and torn; a woman who continues to rip herself apart while simultaneously attempting to pull her life together. Reaching Prague is a far-from-passive read, a story that leaves an imprint on the reader, requiring one to question the interconnectedness of love, trust, and pain.
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An dark and captivating read. Roshay is a fantastic writer who weaves a potent spell with her words, drawing you into a dark world. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book starts out as a good read and slowly edges into compelling reading. Rich in sensual and visual detail, unafraid of sexual explicitness, this book left me with profound... Read morePublished on June 1, 2012 by S. Lewis
Reaching Prague was not at all what I expected, but maybe even more enjoyable for that.
Dark and at times painful, the book is exceedingly well-written and evokes more... Read more