Indelible by Adelia Saunders
Expected Publication: January 17th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA
Genre: Adult Fiction
In this masterful, enthralling debut novel about fate and family history, a young woman sees the truth about people written on their skin.
Magdalena has an unsettling gift. She sees writing on the bodies of everyone she meets—names, dates, details both banal and profound—and her only relief from the onslaught of information is to take off her glasses and let the world recede. Mercifully, her own skin is blank.
When she meets Neil, she is intrigued to see her name on his cheek. He’s in Paris for the summer, studying a medieval pilgrimage to the rocky coast of Spain, where the body of Saint Jacques was said to have washed ashore, covered in scallop shells. Desperate to make things right after her best friend dies—a loss she might have prevented—Magdalena embarks on her own pilgrimage, but not before Neil falls for her, captivated by her pale eyes, charming Eastern European accent, and aura of heartbreak.
Neil’s father, Richard, is also in Paris, searching for the truth about his late mother, a famous expatriate American novelist who abandoned him at birth. All his life Richard has clung to a single striking memory—his mother’s red shoes, which her biographers agree he never could have seen.
Despite misunderstandings and miscommunications, these unforgettable characters converge, by chance or perhaps by fate, and Magdalena’s uncanny ability may prove to be the key to their happiness. Indelible pulses with humanity and breathes life into unexpected fragments of history, illustrating our urgent need to connect with others, and the past.
I have received an e-ARC of this for free from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Indelible tells the story of three characters:
Magdalena, a girl who was born with the gift (or curse, depending on how you want to put it) of seeing words inked on a person’s skin telling about their past and their future.
Richard, a retired teacher off to find proof that he has seen his mother before she died, despite history proving that she didn’t.
Neil, Richard’s son and a history student working on an overseas project.
I did like the characters and their personalities. How they interacted with each other was great, especially for Magdalena and Neil. What I did find a bit off though, was Richard’s POV. It wasn’t that interesting, as it was mostly filled with him off to research facts on his mother, which bordered on obsession. Well, I didn’t like him as a character in general, but that’s just me.
I did find Magdalena’s character especially interesting; she refuses to wear glasses so that the words written on people’s skin would blur, or her preference to interact with foreigners so that she won’t be able to understand the words on their skin. The people surrounding her were really cool too. There was Lina, who was somewhat of a manic pixie dream girl; Barry a language buff who had his secrets written on his skin; and even Neil who had her name written on his cheek.
As the story unfolds, connections between the three characters are revealed, and it was really interesting to read about. The last few chapters especially had me breezing through the book, learning how Neil, Richard and Magdalena were intertwined were really cool to read.
Overall, the book is unique, and compelling and a total page turner. Go check it out when it hits the shelves on January 17th!