Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan
A book about mental health, family, and misunderstandings
Told in a unique way of alternating perspectives of Tilda and her younger self Tilly (the same person, at two points of life), this book is a gentle reminder that what we perceive as the truth is only a part of the truth and that everyone’s perceptions are different. It also showcases the importance of mental health care, family and the power of open communication.
Tilly grew up thinking her mother was strict and was much closer to her father. She had quirks and rituals she had to follow in her daily routines. When her dad disappears, and her mother sends her to a boarding school, her childlike perspective is one of abandonment.
Tilda goes to her mother’s home to sort through her belongings after her mother passes away. She discovers her mother’s diaries and reads through them. The things she discovers will change her entire perspective of everything she thought she knew about her family and upbringing.
This book is a gentle reminder that what we perceive as the truth is only a part of the truth and that everyone’s perceptions are different. It also showcases the importance of mental health care and the power of open communication.
I was completely engrossed in this book! It has many similarities to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, which I also loved.
"There are a great many things in this world that we can’t see, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t exist."
"You are greater than your fear."
Thank you to NetGalley, Harper Collins Publishing, and Ruth Hogan for the advanced copy of Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel in exchange for my honest review.
Expected Publication Date: 14 April 2020