Love Objects by Emily Maguire. (2021).
**4 out of 5 stars**
Nic is in her early 40s, a trivia buff, amateur nail artist and feeder of stray cats. She’s also the owner of 10 years’ worth of newspapers, several shops’ worth of clothes and a massive pen collection. The person she’s closest to is her beloved niece Lena, who she meets for Sunday lunch. One day Nic doesn’t show, and when Lena travels to her aunt’s house to check in on her, she gets the shock of her life. This sets in train a series of events that will prove cataclysmic for them both.
Talk about an eye-catching cover, fascinating! Moving on to the inside… I, like a lot of people, find hoarders intriguing. My morbid curiosity enjoyed the descriptions of Nic’s cluttered home, but my heart hurt for her. The incident, as well as the aftermath, that happens to Lena is disgusting but unfortunately a reality for some people; it’s horrible to think of it occurring to yourself or someone you care about. What I really liked about this book was that it delved into this dysfunctional family where each person had their own respective issues; yet it was clear the three main characters genuinely cared for and loved each other. I appreciated that the perspectives included Nic, Lena as well as Will as it let the reader experience different point of views on the same scenarios.
Overall: I found this to be an absorbing novel about loving your family through their flaws and mistakes, as well as how to carry on after a life-changing event. I’d be happy to recommend this one.