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ARC Book Review: ‘The Weight of Love’ by Hilary Fannin

Title: The Weight of Love

Author: Hilary Fannin

Length: 352 pages

Publisher: DoubleDay UK

Synopsis: London, 1995. Robin introduces the woman he loves to his oldest friend. Their attraction is instant. Powerless, Robin is forced to watch on as Ruth and Joseph begin a passionate affair. Dublin, 2018. Robin and Ruth are married and have a son. Haunted by the ghost of Joseph, the distance between them grows until one day Robin makes a choice, the consequences of which could be devastating.

I wanted to like this book, I really did. But for me it just missed the mark. I can’t help feeling like it was all something out of nothing.

There were points in the story, especially at the beginning, where I was really into. I was excited to see where the plot was going, but ultimately it didn’t end up going where anywhere. It just needed something to happen. Something to keep the plot interesting, or something so we could connect to the characters.

Now, I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to like characters for them to be fantastic, or to care about them, or for the book to great. But you do have to care about them, and I just couldn’t care about the characters in ‘The Weight of Love.’ At times I felt sorry for Robin and thought I might be forming a tiny bit of connection to him but the moment was fleeting. None of the characters had personalities, they weren’t likeable or interesting. Two characters were in love with Ruth and I can’t for the life of me begin to imagine why. She was so dull. If there’s not much plot to a book, the characters need to better than this.

I just wonder what the point of this book was. It all felt very shallow, but like it was trying to be deep and meaningful. It was all very one tone. The book didn’t ebb and flow. It all felt very flat. I feel like I could see what it was trying to do but it just didn’t get there. The synopsis says ‘a passion affair’ but I can’t think of anything less passionate.

I at least thought the ending might save the book. But it was more of the same. It was one of those books that when you finish it, you put down and think was that?

Like I said, this book could’ve been great but for me, sadly, it just didn’t get there. It wasn’t a bad book, it just could’ve been so much better.

Thanks to DoubleDay UK for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out March 19th.

Until the next review

JTH

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