Five years ago, Zoe Wylde, a successful harpist left London and her promising career in the London Symphony to return to her Bondi home. Zoe still loves music and still makes a living playing the harp, only now her performances are a more intimate affair. Zoe spends her days surrounded by the dying and they make her realise that she has to start living. With her married boyfriend, her newly in love best friend and her girl crazy brother to contend with, Zoe is quite happy hiding behind her complicated life. After losing a client, Zoe decides its time to make a change, but does she have the courage to follow the music in heart and reach for her dreams.
I absolutely adored this book. I have now read both of J.D. Barrett’s books and I am officially in love.
J.D. Barrett’s writing is emotive and tender yet extremely cinematic. The amazing and relatable characters in this book really help you to connect and invest in this story. I found the characters in The Song Of Us so human, they were your sister, your neighbour, maybe even yourself.
I loved the connection between music and life and death in this book. Music is a language everyone understands and J.D. Barrett has done a beautiful job using music and the memories that it evokes to add and extra layer to this amazing story.
Death does play quite a large part in this book and I found the scenes and situations surrounding death to be deeply moving yet strangely uplifting.
Zoe is such an amazing well-rounded character to get to know. Her passions, humanity and faults make her a wonderful lead character. Her relationships with her family and friends and the situations these bonds create were highly entertaining to read about.
This is definatly a book that I am going to read many many times in the future. I don’t have a bad word to say about J.D. Barrett’s The Song Of Us. If you havent read this book, do it now. It will stay with you long after the final page.