Alice, review by author & campaigner Pippa Kelly

Book Review

The author, and campaigner Pippa Kelly has kindly read and reviewed my debut novel ‘Alice, here is what she says about it:

How does an intelligent, sunny-natured nurse, with a husband she loves and a wonderful daughter find her life spiralling out of control and into the gutter? What does it take to push a well-balanced woman over the edge and into the grips of alcoholism?

K. L Loveley’s exciting debut novel Alice explores these thorny questions. Using her own medical background as a nurse to inform Alice’s descent into addiction, the author cleverly combines a fast-moving plot with an acutely observed account of a life in flux and peril.

Alice’s husband loves her but fails to stand up to his grown-up children. Initially tolerating his weakness, Alice is finally spurred into action when her own daughter needs her help. Pushed beyond endurance, Alice moves out of her home.

Loveley reveals how easy it is, when faced with domestic problems, to lose one’s perspective, dignity and health. Without the kindness of a stranger who understands what Alice is going through, this gritty domestic drama could have had a far darker ending. As it is, the conclusion brings hope.

Alice is a racy, compelling read. I picked up the book and didn’t put it down till I’d read the last word.

This review by Pippa Kelly is  listed on the Austin Macauley Publishing website

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About Pippa Kelly

Pippa Kelly writes extensively in the national press about dementia, with which her mother lived for over a decade. She blogs for the Huffington Post and mariashriver.com, and has her own award-winning website, pippakelly.co.uk. She lives in Wandsworth with her husband and dog, Bert.
“One of the foremost writers of the day on the elderly, social care and health, particularly dementia, it is with good reason that Pippa Kelly has been awarded top honours in this field.” – Sue Saville, former Medical Correspondent, ITV News

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Invisible Ink by Pippa Kelly – Book review by K.L Loveley

I absolutely loved reading ‘Invisible Ink’ written by Pippa Kelly.

Invisible InkI was hooked from the first chapter when the main protagonist of the story was still a young boy. Throughout the story she frequently refers back to the introduction of Maxi as a small boy when he is looking through his mum’s childhood encyclopaedia and the way he examines the words, breaking them down into syllables.  Pippa Kelly allows the reader to get inside the heart and mind of Maxi as a child and as a man, by cleverly juxtaposing the story in a beautiful and sensitive way.  The story gradually unfolds through two narratives.

Throughout the story, she never fails to deliver the imagery required to feed the readers imagination. I could almost see Maxi and Peter playing together on the trapeze and climbing into their hiding places. As the sibling rivalry and jealousy gains momentum with the risk of running out of control, the reader is kept guessing if just maybe, Maxi does have some link with the disappearance of his brother Peter. This is reinforced by the way Pippa Kelly describes in detail the psychological impact of the family tragedy and how the long term consequences of this, follow Maxi into his adult life.

Dementia

The subject of dementia is woven into this story, without impacting on the main theme, which is the story of a missing child. As Maxi becomes more aware that his mother is slipping further and further into the realms of dementia, he also is heading towards a potential breakdown. He is haunted by the tragedy of his missing brother and his assumed avoidance of the responsibility he has for his mother.
While trying to suppress his past, he puts his present situation as a London based Lawyer, and a new father, at risk.
This is a very emotional read. I felt the pain of bereavement in the true sense of the word and also in terms of a pseudo bereavement linked to the process of dementia.
Invisible Ink Pippa Kelly

Invisible Ink Book Synopsis

London lawyer Max Rivers has it all – a burgeoning career, a beautiful girlfriend, an exclusive address – but he harbours a long-buried secret that threatens to destroy his carefully constructed world.  Invisible Ink is a mesmerising novel of guilt, loss and betrayal within a family – of sibling jealousy that threatens to run out of control, a mother’s life all-but forgotten through the fog of dementia and a son who longs to, but cannot, escape his past. Pippa Kelly’s haunting debut offers a deft exploration of the complex emotions hidden beneath the surface of our lives; drawing its readers into Max’s story and leading them, step by careful step, towards its inevitable dénouement.

About Pippa Kelly

Pippa Kelly writes extensively in the national press about dementia, with which her mother lived for over a decade. She blogs for the Huffington Post and mariashriver.com, and has her own award-winning website, pippakelly.co.uk. She lives in Wandsworth with her husband and dog, Bert.

‘Invisible Ink’ by Pippa Kelly is published by Austin Macauley and is available from all good bookshops.