Sometimes a central character really lingers in the mind. Emma is an eighteen year old French girl who is bored with her small town life. She sends a prayer to the Angel of Happenings and gets more than she bargained for. In one respect it’s a tale of sexual awakening, but it isn’t sentimental. The sex scenes are sensual and erotic without being overtly explicit and definitely turned me on.
It is quite suspenseful throughout. I found myself on edge and worried for her, wanting to warn her to stay away from a situation that she clearly didn’t understand. Emma is a lovely mix of maturity and insightfulness, innocence and naivete, but she doesn’t fully understand the dynamics of the relationship she has become a part of.
‘The Angel of Everything’ is a fast paced and easy read (I couldn’t put it down, finishing it in a few hours). There is some beautiful prose here and moments where I fell in love with Emma:
“As she ran, she experienced a rising sensation, as though her feet were no longer touching the ground.”
“She laughed also, sinking backwards into the dank undergrowth and staring up-wards at the patches of blue sky.”
This is a lovely and unusual book with an engaging central character. I loved the dreamlike quality of this story and will definitely look out for future books by Catherine D’Avis.