My book for this week is Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller.
This week we truly begin our adventure, Around The World in 7 Books, as our book journey takes us deep into the forests of Germany on a ride of suspense, emotion and shocking twists. The story is centred around 8 year old Peggy and her father, and their relationship. Everything starts rather normal, except for her fathers obsession with survivalism that is. She has an, on the outside, normal family and a seemingly normal life however, even in the beginning chapters of the book, there is a menacing undertone that makes you feel like things are not quite right from the outset. Her fathers obsession with survivalism being the main focus of this.
Peggy is clearly a typical young girl who idolises her Daddy and everything he stands for and believes in, you can therefore tell from the outset that she will follow in his footsteps almost aimlessly, without asking questions, and it is this relationship that harbours the danger you can feel growing as the book proceeds.
The way the story is written is so descriptive that it creates numerous layers in your mind, bringing all your senses into play and making you feel like you are part of the journey Peggy and her Dad are on. I find this quite rare in a book, usually you can still feel detached from the story but somehow I found myself so captivated by the words on the page, and how they seamlessly flowed together, and triggered such vivid imagination of characters and places, that I genuinely felt a part of the story. I could feel the immense starvation, the cold, the warmth, the wet, everything.
The book doesn’t start in Germany, it starts in London, and follows the journey from their home into the depths of the German Forest. Lost from civilisation and completely at the mercy of mother nature. It really makes you realise how fragile we are and how as easily as nature can sustain life, it can just as easily take it away in the blink of an eye. It can be brutal and menacing and it makes for a perfect reflection of the twist to the story.
Next week, we will leave the forests of Germany behind and head to the heat of Botswana…
Have you read Our Endless Numbered Days?What did you think? Any other books set in Germany that you would recommend?