L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.
The Nature of Crueltyby L.H. Cosway
Her name is Lana. She wasn’t dealt the easiest cards in life. She wasn’t dealt the hardest. She has an illness, but she doesn’t let it rule her. The first time she laid eyes on her best friend’s twin brother she fell in love at first sight. It didn’t last very long. He was a hateful boy who made her miserable. The happiest day of her
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Her name is Lana. She wasn’t dealt the easiest cards in life. She wasn’t dealt the hardest. She has an illness, but she doesn’t let it rule her. The first time she laid eyes on her best friend’s twin brother she fell in love at first sight. It didn’t last very long. He was a hateful boy who made her miserable. The happiest day of her life was when he moved away to London six years ago.
His name is Robert. He breaks the ones who love him. He’s always liked to play games with Lana, see how far he could push her. He once thrived on her pain, but no more. Now she’s coming to London to live with his sister for the summer and this time he plans on being her friend instead of her tormentor. But Lana is scarred by his past bullying. She doesn’t trust him, nor does she have any reason to.
When the two find themselves living under the same roof, they call a truce. This summer will change both of their lives, as they put their history aside and learn one another from scratch.
When fear takes over, we use cruelty as a mask. Robert and Lana’s story will see their masks slip away as the love they felt on the inside shows its true face.
**Not suitable for younger readers. Contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.**
**This is a full-length standalone novel.**
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Well written with a fantastic & sympathetic heroine. Great story of coming full circle.
I think that my anticipation was a little too high as this fell a flat for me. I saw a lot of potential for a great story, but I had a lot of trouble connecting with the main characters. Lana, Robert and Sasha each have their own independent issues. Robert & Sasha are twins. Their parent get divorced when they are children and their mom moves them to another country and they end up being Lana's neighbors. The girls become fast friends, and Robert is a jerk because he is a normal teen acting out and being pissed off - feeling isolated and abandoned. I would have loved to see more detail showing how he matured into adulthood and became the man he was at the end of the book. I actually expected to read more about incidents that occurred when they were children. There was both too much and not enough emphasis on the "illness" in question...where I would have expected details and clarification, it was missing. I didn't feel that there was enough of Lana's youth to get a firm grasp as to why she is the way she is as an adult. I realize it stems from her Mom, but the details were lacking. Sasha's lifestyle is big, loud and proud at some times and timid & shy in others. There was too much of a lack of consistency in her character for me. I think that it would have been beneficial to the story line for Kara to have actually stated what was said when Robert would talk about Lana in her absence. That's really the biggest thing that I am curious about. While there really is a great message in regards to the nature of cruelty, it was burried a little too deeply in the book. Lana's speech on the corner was fantastic and deserves special mention as (for me) it was a huge highlight. The flow of the story really wasn't conducive to the way I read and process stories. I have had comprehehension issues in the past depending on the writing style of the author. These reviews are a personal representation of how it was for us individually. I'm so glad that so many people enjoyed the book and wish nothing but success for Ms. Cosway. This one just didn't work for me
Loved this book, could relate to it. Lived the cruelty when I was younger so found I could relate to this story.