The last few years have been hard for Catherine Lothbury. Suffering from agoraphobia she’s never left the sanctuary of her house, and with no friends to help her, she starts to think that she’ll be stuck inside forever.
Enter Elliot Farringdon, a soldier in the British army, who vows to help Catherine overcome her fears, and reintroduces her to the outside world.
Their friendship quickly turns into something more, but when Elliot is sent away on deployment, Catherine finds herself feeling far more alone than she did before. And when he doesn’t return home, she starts to believe that she’s lost him forever.
As soon as I read the description for Say Hello, Not Goodbye it intrigued me. I initially expected it to be a really intense story, however I was pleasantly surprised.
Catherine, our protagonist in this story is living with Agoraphobia, something which is very rarely explored in the literary world. I would however say that it would have added more depth to the story if the author had delved deeper in to Catherine’s past and allowed us a better insight as to what caused this phobia to develop initially. Having said that, I did find the subject fascinating, and seeing the impact it was having on not only Catherine’s life, but the life of those around her.
When Elliot – Catherine’s partner – plays a pivotal role in helping her overcome this phobia, something that is certainly no easy task. When Elliot is then deployed overseas, Catherine is left having to try and continue fighting this phobia alone.
This, as a whole, Is an interesting, light hearted read. The storyline is certainly unique, but I would say that at times I felt it was lacking a little in depth, especially in the area surrounding the Agoraphobia. It would have allowed me to connect with the characters on a much deeper level, and possibly understood more about who they are as a whole.
The storyline is well structured, and with an array of interesting characters, and various obstacles to overcome throughout it certainly has enough going on throughout to keep a firm grasp on the readers attention to the end.
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