Kalopsia – (n.) The delusion of things being more beautiful than they really are.
Kate is a twenty-something, successful woman. Funny, attractive and independent, she seemingly has everything going for her. But when it comes to love, Kate wouldn’t know a good idea if she stopped at a zebra crossing and watched it pass by in front of her.
Suffering at the hands of her mentally abusive partner, she doesn’t quite have the gumption to leave. That is, until Greg shows an interest.
With Greg by her side and offering her everything she has ever wanted, Kate thinks she has finally met her prince. But will temporary feelings have permanent consequences?
Kalopsia drew my attention immediately, firstly because of the beautiful cover art, just stunning! But also because Kalopsia is a word I had never heard of before. After reading the definition and this book, I definitely now understand, not only it’s meaning, but it’s attraction. It can be really tempting for all of us to overlook or forgive the flaws we see in others, but where do you draw the line? What would you be willing to compromise for the love of another person?
Lucinda has created a plot that is real, raw and honest. Told from the perspective of Kate, we follow her story as she escapes the clutches of a mentally abusive partner, only to fall into the arms of one, that is in some ways a lot worse. Lucinda has done an amazing job of creating a situation, where we as the reader, can almost not just empathise, but sympathise with Kate’s lack of self esteem and self confidence. It is the way Kate tries to show the world that she has it all, but how underneath, it is her brokenness that leads her into these devastating personal relationships.
The character of Kate broke my heart. She is a good soul who has made some terrible choices in the love department. A familiar trap, I am sure, for those who want to see and believe the best in others. At times I wanted to hug and comfort her, while at others, I wanted to confront her, try to make her see sense and to believe that she deserves better. While I don’t condone some of her actions, the complexity of her character helped me understand why she did the things that she did. She is very relatable and is brought to life through the pages beautifully.
The characters of Tom and Greg on the other hand, although written well as the typical bad guy on the surface (well, let’s face it for Tom he is a bad guy through to the core!) the depth of their characters, highlights the ways in which Kate’s tendency towards Kalopsia reveals itself in her life and choices. The contradiction of what she wants to see and the human failings of who these men are, creates a complex backdrop in Kate’s quest to find love.
This is the first book I have read from Lucinda. I really enjoyed her writing style which is very engaging and emotive. At times I actually felt like I was Kate and I could feel her pain, her fear and her desperation to just be loved which is, apart from great wifi, all anyone ever wants, right? Perhaps her great writing style comes from her diverse background, I feel like she has been drawn back to the arts and writing for a reason and I look forward to reading more great work from her.
Kalopsia is a fast paced read that will draw you in and keep you hostage until the final page. From the striking cover to the believable plot, Lucinda captures the balance of Kate’s outwards strength and inner weakness beautifully. With an ending that invites you to question where Kate will go next, this has left me really hoping for more from Lucinda. I really hope she chooses to revisit Kate and share with us the next chapters of her story, (even if it is just in the form of a short story). It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Kalopsia which I highly recommend.
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