REVIEW: Luster

Ahh the book that EVERYONE seems to have read/reviewed. I have to admit when I saw all the hype around this book, I couldnโ€™t resist an impulse buy and I had to bump it up a few places in my TBR too ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜‚

OK, I read this a few weekends ago but itโ€™s taken me some time to process my thoughts and feelings and decide how I really feel about this book.

All in all, I really enjoyed it. It gave me โ€˜Boy Partsโ€™ vibes (if youโ€™ve not read that then what are you waiting for?!?) and it made me realise that I really enjoy reading about problematic narrators and sexual relationships. ๐Ÿ‘€

If you donโ€™t know, Luster is about a young woman (Edie) who starts seeing an older white man named Eric. Eric is married and has an adopted black daughter, but it seems that his wife has agreed to a sort of open relationship and knows about Eric and Edieโ€™s โ€˜relationshipโ€™ (if you can call it that). Edie then starts living with Eric and his family and the dynamic is just STRANGE.

There are a lot of racy scenes in this book, but overall I found myself feeling really sorry for Edie and the circumstances she found herself in. Itโ€™s like she thought so little of herself that she allowed Eric and other people around her to just use her as and when they pleased. I found myself wanting to just shake her and tell her she deserved SO much better. Yet, I suppose the circumstances she found herself in where a result of the questionable decisions she made.

Did I enjoy this book? YES!! Can I tell you why? No ๐Ÿ˜‚ I think itโ€™s just one of them books that when you read it, youโ€™ll understand what I mean. I wasnโ€™t overcome with emotion and the story moves at a slow and steady pace, but the writing and descriptions are phenomenal and Raven Leilani is a true delight to read. I canโ€™t wait to see what she brings out next ๐Ÿ‘€


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Publisher: Picador
Published: 2021
No. Pages: 240
Genre: Fiction
Trigger Warnings: Sex, abuse, polygamy, racism, inappropriate workplace behaviour
Links: Goodreads, Amazon, Blackwellsย 

One thought on “REVIEW: Luster

  1. This is EXTREMELY similar to Insatiable so I definitely think that youโ€™re going to love it!! This sounds equally as interesting though so may need to purchase it๐Ÿ‘€

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