The Frequency of Us
by Keith Stuart
The Frequency of Us is another amazing story by Keith Stuart. It is going to be a difficult one to review though as I could happily talk about it for ages, but I don’t want to give too much away.
Having read, and loved, A Boy Made of Blocks and Days of Wonder I was very much looking forward to reading this book. All three books are completely unique, but they all have at least one thing in common; they are so beautifully written and completely captivating.
When we first meet Laura, she isn’t in a good place, but we don’t really know why. She starts a job as a community carer and is given the task of assessing 87-year-old, Will. Will isn’t particularly welcoming, but Laura sticks with him all the same, despite not feeling overly confident in her own abilities. There is something about him she can’t quite put her finger on, and he seems to find something familiar about her too, but they had never met until now. It soon becomes apparent that there is more to Will’s story than meets the eye. Laura makes it her mission to find out the truth in the hope of bringing him some peace. His sadness, confusion, and frustration are heart-wrenching but are his memories even real or just a symptom of dementia. Laura has only days to decide on, and write, her report before social services take over his case.
What seems like a simple, but heartfelt and emotional story of an old man and his carer, who is trying her best to prove he is capable of living alone in his own home, soon becomes much, much more.
I was totally swept up in their story and their fight to find the truth before it was too late, and I was as desperate as Laura to connect all the dots and to try to understand how everything and everyone was connected. This is so intelligently written, and such a genius idea for a novel. It’s like nothing I have ever read before and I am sure it will stay with me for a long time to come.
This book is full of complex characters who all add depth to the story. There is a powerful love story at the core of this novel, but it is so much more than that. So much more than I could have ever imagined. I absolutely loved it from the first page to the last. I highly recommend!
**Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy via Netgalley**