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Talking at Night

By Claire Daverley
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Publisher Description

“A beautifully observed, tender love story with characters you really care about…a bit like Normal People. I devoured it.”Jojo Moyes, New York Times bestselling author of Someone Else's Shoes

“I absolutely adored Talking at Night… A gorgeous story of first love, loss, and the people who stick to your ribs, it should be on everyone’s must-read list. Beautiful, poignant, and heart-wrenching in the best way possible.” ―Carley Fortune, New York Times bestselling author of Every Summer After

A poignant and emotional will they/won't they story that cleverly captures both the thrill and trepidation of first love

This is the story of Will and Rosie. The two are opposites in every way and yet they fall for each other as teenagers; nineties music, sideways glances, sunsets and bonfires and talking late into the night. It’s palpable, inevitable: they’re on the precipice of starting something wonderful. Until one day, tragedy strikes, and any possibility of being together seems to shatter.

But time and again, Rosie and Will find their way back to each other. Though the years pass, they cannot quite let go of what might have been.

Talking at Night tells a story of sudden connections, missed opportunities, the many loves we have over a lifetime--and the one that keeps us coming back, again and again, for more.

73 Reviews

Anxious Face with sweat“Rosie frustrated me. I felt really disconnected with her story and the character development, at least the 80% of the book. It’s a heartbreaking and beautiful story, I don’t get the comparison with Normal People.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingFast-pacedRealistic settingComing of ageHeartbreakingThought-provokingUnengaging characters
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“The best book of 2023. I may have said that before about another book but trust me, this is it. My heart is shattered”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readBeautiful settingComing of ageHeartbreakingRomanticSelf-harm
Thinking Face“When I heard that Talking at Night was being dubbed the new Normal People, I was eager to start it. The comparison is fair, though Talking at Night lacks depth. While NP's characters have defined voices and opinions, we do not get enough from these characters, other than how they feel about eachother. I found Rosie's character to be extremely flat and under developed. Daverly touches on themes of grief, eating disorders, homosexuality, parental abuse, and more, yet never examines or resolves any of them. The writing was beautiful and there were many heartfelt moments between Rosie and Will, but by the 3/4 mark I was fed up with Rosie's commitment to her own misery and I wished both Will and I could move on from this story.”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenSuspensefulHeartbreakingAbuseUnsatisfying plot
Loudly Crying Face“This book made me FEEL. Don’t you remember what it’s like to love someone so fiercely when you’re young—to not even really know anything about them, but love them all the same? Experiences when you’re young k shared with those people who are close to you shape your life forever. Rosie & Will are no exception. Their relationship through their lives always comes back to how they felt at 17. I will come back to this book again and again.”
Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveRealistic settingHeartbreakingRomanticThought-provokingSelf-harm
Loudly Crying Face“This book made me feel so many different emotions. From sadness and heartbreak to love and appreciation and then back to heartbreak again. The writing was unique and beautifully descriptive. It was unlike anything I’ve read before and a consumed my entire mind.”
Characters change and growBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writingBeautiful settingDark settingRealistic setting

About Claire Daverley

Claire Daverley graduated with a degree in fine art from the University of Oxford, and began a career in publishing, writing about books by day but her own by night. She currently lives in Scotland with her husband and spaniel. Talking at Night is her debut novel.

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