Review: The Horse Whisperer: Nicholas Evans


A few months ago I was at my friend Briar's place. She had another friend over and we were all chilling out in the lounge talking about books - one of my absolute favourite pastimes. Many books were discussed, but one of them I remember talking about very vividly. It was The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans, and Briar mentioned that she loved the book upon first reading it, but them on her second read she discovered so much more that she'd missed the first time. 

A little while after that I was at an opshop looking at all the books on their shelves - another favourite pastime. I spotted The Horse Whisperer and knew I had to buy it and read it. And so I did.

In short, it was awesome. I read a lot on the train, but it takes a good book to really hold my attention with all the noise from the people around me always interrupting my concentration. With this book, the train could have stopped and all the passengers disembarked and I don't think I would have noticed. I was hooked.

It tested my tear ducts, it tested my moral compass. All of the possible emotions you could encounter were accounted for while reading this book. I fell in love with most of the characters, and of course the horses, and the pages flipped so quickly I couldn't believe it was over when it ended. 

This book kicks off with a hugely traumatic event. Young Grace Mclean goes out with her friend Judith and their horses for a ride. The horses slip on ice and send the girls out into the middle of the road, and a truck is heading towards them, unable to stop in time. Grace and her horse are very seriously injured, but survive, and from there the story follows Grace, her mum and dad, and a horse whisperer on their journey to recovery.

Although the novel isn't new - published in 1995 - and there's a film adaptation, I'd really recommend giving the book a go. I know I'll watch the film soon, but there's really nothing like settling down with a novel right? 

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