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Cape May Reviews

Cape May by Chip Cheek

Cape May

Chip Cheek

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1 review

Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 30 Apr 2019
ISBN: 9781474609531

The Great Gatsby meets On Chesil Beach in this dark and sexy debut novel about marriage, love and betrayal.

3 stars out of 5
Sarah Gilmartin
27 Apr 2019

"[a] vibrant debut"

Billed as a cross between The Great Gatsby and Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach, for once the marketing blurbs seem accurate, in plot and theme if not quite in terms of the writing... Creek’s success is that the tension of his book lies not just in the promise of an affair between Henry and Alma but also in watching Effie, albeit through her husband’s eyes, draw ever closer to the hedonism... The latter half of the book is given over to the affair, written brilliantly by Creek, from the illicit sex, the intoxication of desire, the rush of snatched moments, to the pendulum of Henry’s emotions.