Books, Fiction, Thriller/Mystery

The Other Hand by Chris Cleave Book Review

“Death, of course, is a refuge. It’s where you go when a new name, or a mask and cape, can no longer hide you from yourself. It’s where you run to when none of the principalities of your conscience will grant you asylum.”

Excerpt from:
Chris Cleave,
Little Bee
Synopsis from Goodreads and Wikipedia:

From the author of the international bestseller Incendiary comes a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers—one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London. It is a dual narrative story about a Nigerian asylum-seeker and a British magazine editor, who meet during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta, and are re-united in England several years later. Cleave, inspired as a university student by his temporary employment in an asylum detention centre, wrote the book in an attempt to humanize the plight of asylum-seekers in Britain. The novel examines the treatment of refugees by the asylum system, as well as issues of British colonialism, globalization, political violence and personal accountability.

I have finally finished this book. To be quite honest, I tried to read this book last year, but I may not have been in the right state of mind to appreciate a novel of this kind. To be honest, it took me a while to realize it. I didn’t even bother to write a review of this book because I couldn’t understand it before, so I put it in my rack.

Then, last week, I was looking for a book to read at that time, and this is the first book I’ve ever seen. I debated doing so, but I made myself read it once more. I thus started reading it and am currently unable to stop. To fully understand the importance and the seriousness of the sentiments that were jammed in them, I ultimately read every chapter cover to cover. This book has several very amazing moments, and I especially enjoyed the chapters written from Little Bee’s point of view.

Little Bee, the primary character, has such a funny and humorous voice. I felt scared after reading about her terrible tragedies, which made me want to stop reading and trying to comprehend it but also made me want to keep going and learn more. Her tone seemed sincere, and I came to the conclusion that the book may have been even more amazing if it had been presented entirely from her point of view. After completing it today, I put the book down knowing that it will haunt me for a very long time. The snippet cautions readers not to reveal too much of the narrative since, in my opinion, this book is a spine-tingler.

I’d like not to offer you any more details about the narrative since I think it would be better for you to read it for yourself and discover just how thrilling it can be. Without a doubt, this book is not something you should read quickly. This novel, like the innumerable others I’ve been reading lately, is about humanity. Furthermore, this book is excruciating. In reality, it is stressful. The plot of this book will teach its readers that life is typically chaotic and that horrible things may happen at any time, but despite the fact that it is not a happy story, Little Bee maintained her genuine attitude and sentiments of miracle throughout everything, which makes the story pleasant.

This work is a worthwhile read, and I wholeheartedly suggest it to anybody searching for a story in a genre that deals with immigrants. The novel will expose you to stressful circumstances as well as a glimpse into the life of refugees, which was eye-opening for me. I’m not familiar with the author, but I was astounded by how he made me feel as if I were within the novel. That I am the only one who observed everything. It’s an amazing but terrifying experience for me. It’s a good thing I opted to reread this novel.

My Overall Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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