I have just finished reading Round Robin and I’m missing the characters already, wondering how they’re getting on with their lives. Other reviewers have described Lesley Hayes’ empathetic writing, crisp narrative and first rate, authentic characterisation. On reflection I agree wholeheartedly but none of that occurred to me as I was reading. The reason is simply that Lesley Hayes does it so well that it’s easy to forget you’re reading a story. Instead, you live through the characters for a short while, feeling a maelstrom of emotions; their fear and passion, their frustration and confusion. These are not just well drawn characters, they become real people for the duration of the book.
To describe the story without any spoilers just wouldn’t do it justice. It couldn’t convey the ebb and flow of emotions as the story makes you pause to ponder one minute then lose track of time and reality as you read through the night to finish it. Having read other books by Lesley Hayes I had high expectations of this book and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I was intrigued, enchanted and gripped throughout. I wanted to step in to protect Robin from the adult conflicts he was forced into the middle of. In fact, I still feel that way; this book moved me and will stay with me for a long time.
Needless to say, I loved Round Robin and can’t wait for the next Lesley Hayes masterpiece.
You can buy Round Robin on Kindle at Amazon.
Find out more about Lesley and her other books at her Amazon Author Page