Monday 20 July 2020

BLOG TOUR: Idle Hands - Cassondra Windwalker

You can call me Ella. You generally assign me a whole host of other preposterous monikers. I think the least imaginative name I’ve heard is “the devil”, but I’ll answer to it if I must. 

After making the courageous decision to leave her abusive husband, Perdie and her three young children start over and finally find the safety and love they deserve. But years later, when tragedy strikes, Perdie is left wondering if the choice she made to leave has led them to this moment. 

If she were given the opportunity to take it all back and stay, would she? 

In a frantic bid to protect her family, Perdie makes a deal to do just that. But in a world where the devil pulls the strings, can Perdie really change the past? 

Brimming with enlightened observations and brilliant voice, Idle Hands is a haunting examination of grief, resilience, and what we’d give to spend another moment with the ones we love.

What did I think?

Wow!  A million times WOW!  Idle Hands really has the WOW factor!  I actually exclaimed 'Wow!' out loud at the turning point in the book.  At 215 pages long it may be a small book but it packs a mighty punch and leaves a lasting impression, in fact I'd go so far as to say it's completely unforgettable.

Cassondra Windwalker has created an unforgettable voice in Ella, or the devil as she is more commonly known.  Ella is an observer of Perdie's life, just waiting for the moment to offer Perdie a deal she can't refuse.  Perdie has three children and an abusive husband; before she encounters Ella, she thinks the hardest decision she will ever make is whether or not to leave him.  Matt hasn't laid a hand on the children...yet.

To say any more would spoil the plot but oh my word this book is amazing!  Not only the thoughts that Ella shares with us, which are thought-provoking and eye-opening, but the sliding doors moment which is jaw-droppingly astounding.  You can't help but ask yourself what you would do in the same situation and I'm sure many of us would have done exactly the same as Perdie, especially when caught at just the right moment when your decision making is impaired.

Thought-provoking beyond measure, Idle Hands is the most unforgettable book I have ever read.  It's jaw-droppingly brilliant, completely unique and a masterclass in ingenuity.  A tour de force from Cassondra Windwalker that's not only highly recommended, but an absolute must read.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating:

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About the author:

Cassondra Windwalker grew up on plains and longed for mountains. Today she lives by the frozen sea. She earned a BA of Letters at the University of Oklahoma and pursued careers in bookselling and law enforcement before resigning her post to write full time. 

A poet, essayist, and novelist, her short-form work has appeared in numerous literary journals and art books. Her full-length books of poetry and prose are available in bookstores and online. She welcomes conversations with readers through her social media platforms and in the occasional coffee shop.

Follow Cassondra on Social Media:
Twitter: @WindwalkerWrite
Instagram: @CassondraWindwalker

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