Review of ‘Soul survivor’ by I. Beacham

This is the first book I read by this author. It is the story of a relationship between Josephine “Joey” Barry an American war journalist, who suffers from PTSD, and Samantha Savage, a vicar from the Church of England.
I was intrigued on how the author was going to deal with the issue of religion and homosexuality so I decided to give it a try. The book starts at a fast pace describing Joey’s dreadful experience in Syria which triggers her PTSD. It follows to the depiction of semi rural England, where Sam serves as a vicar. The contrast couldn’t be more profound though the reader soon finds that both women are struggling with their own issues.
I think that this is overall a good read but my issue is that there is a great amount of angst that in my opinion extends too much and weakens the tension of the plot. There is also quite a few parts that describe what’s going on with the characters instead of showing through their experiences. I’m no expert on PTSD issues but I didn’t find it completely believable specially at the end of the book. However, this is a good read, specially if you like a lot of lesbian angst and drama.
Overall 3.5 stars rounded to 4.
ARC provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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