The Binding by Bridget Collins – Book Review

The Blurb

“Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded.

Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.”

Picking up The Binding, I didn’t really know what to expect. The blurb gives away practically nothing bar the occupation, so you go in slightly blind.

I found it hard to start the book but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. I was so desperate to read it, I sat at my dining room table and read via candlelight at night. 

The Binding is like nothing I have read before. I have a terrible habit for guessing the plot within the first chapter (I’m sure I’m not alone) but there was no guessing this plot. However you think this book will end or what Lucian Darnay has up his sleeve, you’re wrong.

I’m not sure how well I connected with Emmett, I felt I connected more with Seredith, Lucian and Alta, but that didn’t take anything away from the novel for me, personally. 

Part 2 was the biggest shock. Lucian Darnay was creepy and elusive during part 1, but after part 2 I had a complete 360 of emotions.

But why take my word for it? Have a read for yourself! Let me know what you think in the comments!

I bought this book for £6.99 from WHSmith. (Technically it was half price with another book my partner bought but who’s counting?)

Trigger warnings

  • Suicide
  • Slight parental abuse

The verdict

A great novel, slow start but couldn't put it down after the first chapter.
Perselem Creator

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