What We Salvage


What We Salvage - David Baillie

I really don’t know what to say about this novel. It was not what I expected. I got drawn in by the cover that got my attention and the prose is really quite nice. But after a while even that gets old and the question that remains is: what else is there?


The story (I guess I should call it a story, just because it’s a book?) features two ‘brothers’ and some of their friends living not really easy in Canada.


What I really missed was a plot, a direction for the story to go to. It was a collection of things they did, but I never learnt what they had to do with each other, except that they were all about the same gang. The suicide that is mentioned in the summary didn’t even feel like such a key point in the story because it takes place near the end of the story and the way it’s mentioned is rather weird.


I suppose there are people out there who will love this story, and the writing I thought was really good, but for me in order to be a good book there has to be a good story (or at least an identifiable plot).


Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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