The Gifts, a review by Shelley

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Liz Hyder

Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: April 25h, 2023
448 Pages
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Set in 1840 England and narrated from five different points of view The Gifts is a slow-burn gothic tale of a doctor’s obsession with the women with wings. I loved that book fell into many categories such as historical fiction, fantasy, magical realism and a touch of mystery.

This book wasn’t just magical it was magnificent. Some reviewers felt it was confusing with the different characters and their points of view but I have to disagree. Each chapter is clear and precise about whom is speaking. The chapters were short and each character’s life entwined with the others.

Although the book is set in the past it is still very pertinent today. There are many subjects observed in this book, including women’s lack of rights (I loved how there were strong female leads, one of whom is trying to be a journalist in a man’s world), race, greed, obsession, religion and mental health to name but a few. This is author Liz Hyder’s adult debut and what a magical one it is.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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