Turn On The Light

Turn On The LightTurn On The Light by Yael Shachnay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

‘A maelstrom of emotions and urges, lies and enigmas...'

Turn On The Light by Yael Shachnay is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel with brilliantly drawn characters and settings. The book’s transgressive ambitions bear salty fruit and it gets under your skin. It challenges the reader to become part of its believable protagonist’s heavily defended psyche in keeping with her discovery of her unconscious mind. Drawn into a ‘maelstrom of emotions and urges, lies and enigmas’ the author weaves an intricate web of obsession and deceit. The books' most trenchant dissection of voyeurism is explored while also ‘bravely and honestly scrutinizing concepts such as happy families, relationships, family dinners, protective motherhood, loyalty, and love.’

I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much.

I’ll be looking forward to reading more from Yael Shachnay in the future. Highly recommended reading and a well-deserved five stars from me.

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