Review: The World at My Feet by Catherine Isaac
Bit by bit, the novel slowly reveals the extent of Ellie's illness and the horrific experiences that she had to endure. Without giving away too many spoilers, what Ellie endured in the early part of her childhood is based on true events, ones so horrible and that they made headlines across the globe when the story broke.
Catherine Isaac writes Ellie's story with a lot of love and understanding. Less convincing is the character of Guy--it felt too obvious to me from the start that he was taking advantage of her. I felt that there was little need for his character at all, given that Jamie had such a strong presence in the novel already and was the one who gave her the support she needed. It was also surprising that her family tolerated him as much as they did--at least Lucy eventually spoke the truth!
I found the chapters told from Harriet's perspective a little jarring at first, but her story of being an international journalist who becomes personally involved in the story she is working on to be quite compelling.
Overall, a compelling read, one that is only let down ever-so-slightly with the inclusion of a certain male character.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for my copy of The World at My Feet.