Review: The Atlas of Us – Tracy Buchanan

How far would you go for the one you love the most?

A stormy love affair. A secret. A discovery that changes everything …

Louise Fenton flies to a devastated Thailand to search for her mother, missing following the Boxing Day tsunami. The only trace she can find is her mother’s distinctive bag. Inside it is a beautifully crafted atlas belonging to a writer named Claire Shreve. But what is the connection between Claire and Louise’s missing mum, and can the atlas help Louise find her?

As Louise explores the notes and mementoes slipped between the pages of the atlas she learns the story of a life-changing revelation, a tragedy and a passionate love affair. And she uncovers a secret that nearly destroyed Claire and the man she loved – the same secret her mother has been guarding all these years … (synopsis taken from

I won a copy of The Atlas of Us during the publisher’s virtual launch party for this book. I thought the virtual launch was such a brilliant idea and I hope there will be many more of these parties to follow :-).

The Atlas of Us is truly phenomenal! A book that will make it easily onto my top reads for 2014 list.

This book encompasses two different storylines. In the beginning we get to meet Louise who has flown out to Thailand to find her mother who had been missing after the Tsunami hit a few day earlier. After a few chapters, the story changes to the past and the reader gets familiarised with Claire’s and Milo’s story. I could straight away tell that these two stories would come together at one point, but it took me ages  to figure out how. The author’s switches from present to past were brilliantly executed and as soon as I thought I knew how the story would pan out, small clues and hints put new doubts into my head.

I cannot believe how much content the author was able to include in this book. It is fast-paced, but the reader never gets the feeling as if anything is rushed.

Over the course of the novel, its characters travel to a lot of different countries. I haven’t been to any of the destinations mentioned in this book (from Finland to Thailand), but all of these were so beautifully and warmly described, that I felt as I experienced the impressions together with the characters.

This book ticks all the right boxes for me. It is engaging, passionate, romantic and full of heart-wrenching and heart-warming moments.

The Atlas of Us is Tracy’s debut novel and I am highly anticipating her next book!


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