Stephen Symons, author
Sep 3, 2017, 05:01
No Ordinary Book
‘No Ordinary Love’ is the title, and that is exactly what it is. It certainly describes the relationship between Kira and Vincent, if, indeed, ‘love’ is what these two odd people share. It is immediately apparent that the bond between them is very deep, very strong, and very complex. But is it love? The first six chapters of the book are taken up with outlining their relationship insofar as the secretive Vincent and the confused Kira can explain it, and we are no nearer an answer.
From Vincent’s perspective [and being male, I can speak with some authority here] it looks at first more like obsession, even monomania. From Kira’s perspective [and I speak with far less authority on this one] it appears to be ---- well, I really do not know. Nor, come to that, does Kira. Only much later do matters become clearer in her mind.
The tale is billed as ‘romance, adventure, mystery’, and it is all of these. Romantic, a roller-coaster adventure, and mystery piled upon mystery. Who is Kira, really? She does not know, remembering nothing before the age of ten. If Vincent knows, he will not say. And who, exactly is Vincent? If that is his name. And why would he dedicate his life to the protection of a woman who is not his sister, or his daughter, or his wife, or even his lover? All we can be sure of is that ‘The Network’ is behind it all. What the Network really is remains a mystery, save only that it is monumental, multinational, and has resources and technologies greater than those owned by most nations. What is real purpose? This is never clearly stated. All we can know for sure is that if it became aware of Kira’s existence, then she would live only as long as she remained undiscovered.
This compulsive reading. Wiesner weaves her tale skilfully, revealing little titbits of information excruciatingly slowly, luring the reader deeper and deeper into the lives – life, I should say – of the two protagonists. Once you start, it is difficult to put down. The prose reflects the pace of events, at times slowing, at times quickening into shorter sentences, becoming at times frantic, almost chaotic, precisely as are the thoughts and actions of Kira and Vincent. There are still a lot of unanswered questions come the finale, but these will no doubt be addressed in ‘ ‘Til Death Do Us Part.’’
Karen Wiesner has an impressive array of writing awards to her credit. It is easy to see why.
Definitely four stars.