Talking at Night: Book Review

In my opinion, there's nothing better than falling head-first into a dramatic story of love, loss, and personal growth. If that sounds like your ideal read, then you need to read Talking at Night, a beautiful new literary fiction novel by Claire Daverley. I found this book to be unbelievably beautiful, from the prose to the exquisitely flawed main characters. A romance at heart, this book is perfect for lovers of complicated relationships, both romantic and familial. Read my full review below for more reasons why Talking at Night needs to be on your reading list.


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Talking at Night: Book Review

Quick Look

  • literary fiction
  • soulmate romance ⁣
  • complicated grief story ⁣
  • unbelievably beautiful prose⁣
  • messy family dynamics⁣
  • friends to lovers & miscommunication tropes
  • excellent listen

Pub Date: June 20, 2023

Thank you @pameladormanbooks and @vikingbooks for the gifted galley!⁣

Publisher's Synopsis

Secret walks and late-night phone calls. An undeniable chemistry. A tragedy that haunts them both. A powerful yet tender love story between two people who can’t help but be pulled back to each other.

This is the story of Will and Rosie. The two are opposites in every way and yet they fall for each other as teenagers; nineties music, sideways glances, sunsets and bonfires and talking late into the night. It’s palpable, inevitable: they’re on the precipice of starting something wonderful. Until one day, tragedy strikes, and any possibility of being together seems to shatter.

But time and again, Rosie and Will find their way back to each other. Though the years pass, they cannot quite let go of what might have been.

Talking at Night tells a story of sudden connections, missed opportunities, the many loves we have over a lifetime--and the one that keeps us coming back, again and again, for more.

My Review

Wow. Just wow. That's it. That's my review. 😂

Jokes aside, this is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s what I wanted from Tomorrow x3 in terms of relationship stories combined with what I loved about Our Missing Hearts and Half-Blown Rose. Full of sadness, longing, grief, despair, and self-doubt, this novel takes readers on an emotional journey through the lives of the two very flawed but relatable characters. 

Told over the course of two decades, Talking at Night follows Will and Rosie from high school into adulthood. Through the years their paths cross, sometimes colliding haphazardly, many times with mixed results. Miscommunication is key in this book, so if you struggle with that trope go in expecting there will be A LOT of missed opportunities due to failure to communicate. These two soulmates bring out the best, and worst, in each other, making watching from afar as the reader a sight to behold. 

Despite the poor communication between the characters, the reader is completely in-tune with the MCs thoughts and feelings, making it even more frustrating that they can't seem to get it together. This is one of the most intimate novels I’ve ever read: I felt like I was in the character’s skin, in their heads, sharing their thoughts, and walking in their shoes. There are many quiet moments in Talking at Night, making the intensity of emotions even more powerful. 

My Rating

Truly, this book was so, so good, and I hope everyone reads it. The power of first love pours from the pages, seeping into the skin of the reader and wrapping tight around your heart. I loved the characters, the complexity, and the journey. Don't miss Talking at Night, y'all!m ⁣

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