Grind – Edward Vukovic

28787990Told from the perspective of five different characters, this story explores the impact people can have on each other through chance meetings. Ziva, Isaac, Simon, Michel and Danielle are five strangers who’s paths cross and have a significant impact on each other’s lives. We follow the mini-story of each character, leading up to a shocking climax (which I won’t spoil).

The main focus is on Ziva, an immigrant with a gift for predicting the future. Her story – and Danielle’s – really is what kept me in the book. The others I found pretty boring, but they are integral to the story. Grind is beautifully written, descriptive, slow-paced and gentle. Although not very exciting, it made a nice change. The romance between Ziva and Isaac is light and believable, and I wanted to know what was going on with Danielle from the second we met her.

This story is not exciting or particularly relatable, but it is intriguing, moving and very well-written. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a change of pace, something a bit different. (Also, if you like coffee, that’s a pretty big thing – hence the title and cover art.)

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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