The Rules of Seeing by Joe Heap (Book Review)

The Rules of Seeing by Joe Heap



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My Thoughts

When I was young I took my perfect eyesight for granted. Now, many years later I am a slave to my reading glasses. Without them, I literally can’t see much at all but could I ever really imagine what it is like to be totally blind? Not until I read this book. Don’t get me wrong I still have only a fraction of understanding, because, I have sight, but Joe Heap has taught me so much about this and other senses, and I am so grateful for that.

The main character in The Rules of Seeing is police interpreter Nova who was born blind. Her brother informs her of some new radical surgery which will restore her sight and she goes ahead with it. This is a scary and bewildering experience, as well as totally life-changing.

The other character Kate is dealing with a marriage that has turned abusive. She is sighted but strangely blind to how her life is changing. The two women meet in a hospital and form a friendship which leads to romance.

I loved Nova’s story it was fascinating to read about how a previously blind person suddenly sees life as a sighted one. Her character was bubbly, positive and incredibly intelligent. Unfortunately, I wanted more of this and was a little disappointed with the second part of the book, which lost its way at times.

I don’t want to give away too much of the plot but I will say that this was a completely thought-provoking and uniquely written debut novel. I will be very interested to see what we have in store from Joe Heap. One thing is for sure, he has a lot to live up to after writing this book.

Many thanks to the author, HarperCollins, and NetGalley for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.


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