Thursday, April 5, 2018

Ten Mile Bottom by Teodora Kostova

Hitting rock bottom is just the beginning...

I’m a son, a brother, a friend.
A writer.
An addict.
Cardiac arrest isn’t enough to keep me dead, though. The doctors brought me back, but for what?

At twenty four I’ve already achieved what most people do in a life time. I’m a successful author, own a flat in the heart of London and drive my dream sports car.
Or at least that’s what people see.
Once the spotlight fades, I’m left alone with my overactive mind, alcohol and drugs the only way to quiet down the noise.
Until an overdose nearly kills me and drags everyone I love down with me.
With the help of my best friend, I leave London and its toxic influence behind, moving to a small town in the outskirts of Cambridge to try and put my life back together again.

If only it were that easy.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I am a big fan of Ms. Kostova's novels, and this is an excellent addition to her list. It is refreshingly different, and hopeful without being sugarcoated. I don't always read the preamble, but happened to in this case, and was moved by her words.

At the heart of the story is the opportunity for redemption and a future. It may well be different from the past, and may require a lot of self-forgiveness, but it is possible. And that hope, and the determination to do it is key. It is also a beautifully simple love story, which acknowledges that no one has an entirely blameless past.

I loved the side characters and what they brought to the page – Rose, Ruby, Frank, even Josh. Aiden was very important, and it was impossible not to sense his longing, which compelled him to leave. Ben and Finn learning about each other, and moving forward with their relationship and life, was intense and yet light.

Ms. Kostova often writes about dance, and I think of her writing as being just as fluid. It weaves across the page with lovely pace, and twists and turns, making a rich and lyrical experience for the reader. It was not difficult to see what would happen, but the story-telling retained magic and mystery to the end.

Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband and my son. I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job a few years ago when I decided that everything else I've tried bores me to death and I have to do what I've always wanted to do, but never had the guts to fully embrace. I've been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among other things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It's the only time that I'm truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time - my son has a bigger attention span than me.

When I'm procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Nintendo Wii game by a very inventive kid.

Don't be shy and get in touch – I love connecting with my readers.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Ten Mile Bottom by Teodora Kostova to read and review.

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