This review is written with thanks to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read and review The Voids.
In a condemned tower block in Glasgow, residents slowly trickle away until a young man is left alone with only the angels and devils in his mind for company. Stumbling from one surreal situation to the next, he encounters others on the margins of society, finding friendship and camaraderie wherever it is offered, grappling with who he is and what shape his future might take.
The Voids is an unsparing story of modern-day Britain, told with brilliant flashes of humour and humanity.
The Voids is a very timely novel and I felt humbled by. O’Connor’s examination of the poignant themes, such as addiction, grief and childhood trauma. He writes so beautifully and puts abstract concepts into words so well that it was impossible not to be touched by our narrator’s story.
The Voids is mostly character driven and the character of the narrator and his tragic back story are well developed. Although he makes some questionable decisions, I did feel sympathy for him. There are also some interesting characters who are part of his life who highlight the messages within the novel.
The novel is not easy to read and the plot takes several dark turns but I did enjoy the dark humour. At times, it is difficult to see where the story might be going as it is something of a slow burner, but I am left with lots to think about after I finished reading
The Voids is available from Amazon.