This week I’m reading Ketchup Clouds by our sister imprint Indigo, partially because the trailer intrigued me so much.
Annabel Pitcher’s first book My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece broke my heart. A novel of grief and ultimately hope narrated by one of the most unique voices I’ve ever read. I got to the end of this book in tears and smiling. A very strange combo. So I approached Ketchup Clouds with high expectations. I’m glad to say I haven’t been disappointed. Ketchup Clouds is a very different book from My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, but it’s equally brilliant. Told from the point of view of Zoe, a girl who has literally gotten away with murder, in a series of letters to a man on death row, this is another truly unforgettable story. Love. Lies. Betrayal. Murder. Ketchup Clouds is a book that won’t let you go.
I can’t tell you too much, because I’ll spoil the book for you, but I will say this: Annabel Pitcher writes fantastic characters. Zoe, her sisters and her family are so richly drawn and realised that you walk away from the book and feel as if you know them. It’s a fantastic achievement. Ketchup Clouds is a brilliant look into the family life of a young girl with a terrible secret. It’s also an unlikely romance, a tale of first love and heartbreak.
Ketchup Clouds will be out in January next year (you can pre-order your copy here), so I feel quite lucky to have gotten my hands on an early copy. If you visit our Fierce Fiction page on Monday you’ll have a chance to get your hands on a copy too. Until then, happy reading!