Defenestrate by Renee Branum

I chose this book because I had come across the title and its peculiar meaning a couple of times in the last few months. I am not one to ignore such occurrences, and I decided to give it a shot.
The plot is not the kind that I usually enjoy, but the writing is dark and deep. The latter is not a combination I highly recommend, but it was easy to read even with the darker overtones.
The author created a very vivid character in our main narrator. Marta is a twin, something that colours and influences a lot in her life. She thinks things through a little too much. She also finds their family history of ‘falling’ very influential, and it casts a pall over her every waking action, and sometimes her subconsciousness as well.
There are many parts that makeup Marta’s whole. Each piece is revealed in a back and forth passage of time. I will not be going into the details because the revelations and the way it is laid out will probably be the main reason people will pick this book up in the first place.
No one is happy, truly satisfied during the entirety of the book; I almost would not have liked it if not for the introduction of something I will call twists for the lack of a better word. There are two. One might count as the main basis of the entire story, but I was drawn more to the other. The brother and his part changed how I looked at the entire book. It rarely happens when I have made up my mind about any particular story and am biding my time to the end that something changes my feelings. It is an otherwise short chapter that injects a new direction to the content (and I am still not talking of the actual ‘truth’ that should have borne this weight, but I kind of saw that coming).
I would recommend it to anyone who does not mind travelling through the darker despair filled journey through a character’s mind and the kind of book that does not necessarily have a conclusion.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

2 thoughts on “Defenestrate by Renee Branum”

  1. I am intrigued by the darker nature of this story and the atmosphere that it creates for the readers! Glad it was not a disappointing read for you, Anjana!

    P.S. I also wanted to make a quick mention that I will be moving on to my own blog going forward (temporarily cross-posting content to warn readers on Bookidote) and that I’d love for us to remain connected over on my new blog (roarsandechoes.com). Don’t feel obligated to do so though! Stay safe!

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    1. It does have a unique spin and I am sure there will be people who will get a lot more from this kind of ‘literary fiction’ than i did..
      All the best for the move! Followed you there 👍

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