Sunday, 24 February 2013

Books Read: Daniel Glattauer - Every Seventh Wave

Have you ever just clicked with someone?

Emmi and Leo met, fell in love and broke up via e-mail. After a year of silence, they find themselves in contact once more. Yet Emmi is still married to Bernhard, and Leo is just back from Boston with Pamela, his American girlfriend.

As the e-mails grow increasingly passionate, Emmi and Leo are faced with a difficult decision: could their romance survive the transition from digital to actual, or is it the distance that is keeping them together?

In the first book Love Virtually we met Emmi and Leo, two people who met virtually purely by accident and started communicating with each other which developed into a dangerous flirtatious friendship... but communication between them stopped when Leo decided to move to Boston for work. 

Every Seventh Wave picks up their story a year later when Leo returns home and soon their email exchanges resume but things aren't quite the same as before.  Is it now time for them to take the next step and meet up in person to see if they can regain their 'friendship'?   It's actually quite hard to write too much more about this without giving away any spoilers but it's fair to say that their relationship has an impact on more than just the two of them...

I'm definitely glad that I took fellow bloggers advice and bought a copy of Love Virtually to read first before reading this book as otherwise I don't think I would have gotten the full grasp of how their relationship had evolved from an accidental email into the banter they had with each other... 

Both books are written in email format which makes for fairly quick reading as most exchanges are pretty short with just the occasional essay to digest...

I have to confess that I didn't really warm to Emmi as a character at all, and definitely preferred Leo, although it's far to say that neither characters were without flaws, much like in real life where no-one is perfect. 

If you've read Love Virtually previously then I would definitely recommend reading this book so that you can see how Emmi and Leo's relationship progresses.  I'd like to thank Nicci at Quercus for sending me a copy of this book to review.

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