Canopy – Liz Faraim
Viv is ex-army, studying at College and making a living bar tendering. Whilst she’s not completely estranged from her family she is very much a loner – her friendship with another vet Jared being her anchor in a storm. She struggles with PTSD.
She meets Angela, a cop, a vet from the Navy and they begin a complicated relationship, with elements of polyamory.
Viv stumbles on something criminal that brings a lot of issues into her life and shakes things up in ways she’d never have expected.
The topics of abuse from the past, relationship ethics, PTSD, intermittent violence, sex trafficking and some homophobia all mean this isn’t a light read, yet there is something about the way Viv is written that just keeps you reading, wanting to know where this is going to go.
The romance between Viv and Ang isn’t the headline for this book. Viv’s life in general, her friendships and her making her way through life are very much front and centre.
Despite the somewhat darker tone of the book and therefore my review, I’d encourage you to give this a go – just don’t expect an easy light hearted read, or a neatly tied up ending.
I received an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.