Friday, August 17, 2012

Coincidences by Maria Savva

Coincidences by Maria Savva

Secrets, lies and coincidences abound in this story of a young girl looking for her father. Alice, now twenty-one years old, is determined to find her father who left home when she was just a baby, despite a warning from her mother that she should not look for him. Her mother's secretiveness over the subject is because of the guilt she feels about keeping the truth from Alice. It will take all of Alice's courage to persevere in her search. There are doubts and uncertainties at every turn. Coincidences is a story about following your dreams and staying on the path no matter how difficult the circumstances may become.

Coincidences is a very interesting and thought provoking story centering around a young woman's search for her identity. Alice begins by merely trying, against the objections of her mother, to locate her father. He had abandoned them both when she was a baby. An old and haunting faded photograph of her smiling father holding her in his arms is one of the few bits of information she begins with. Little does she know her endeavor will lead her down a road of layer upon layer of deception and deceit. Just about when she thinks she knows who she is, she discovers a whole new realm of hidden truths.

One of the things I found interesting about this book is that there's no antagonist in the classical sense. All the characters involved have some depth of moral character, and no doubt would view themselves as "good" people. Nevertheless, they create a situation that turns Alice's life into a living hell. Their lies, justified in their own minds to "protect" her, only serve to disillusion and shake Alice's confidence in all her relationships as she slowly discovers the truth about herself. Like peeling away the layers of an onion, what will Alice find underneath it all? Will she even be able to deal with the reality of who and what she is, when she finally gets to the core? And will there be any silver lining to her investigations, or would she been better off to listen to her mother and never have started down this path in the first place?

This unusual work shows how people, thought they may mean well, can create a web of duplicity that traps both themselves and all those around them. I admired Maria's honesty about how people think, and are constantly manipulating the truth to produce some desired effect. It's so automatic and fundamental to human nature that we may not even realize it as we're doing it. And more importantly, she shows how those "short-term gains" often come back to bite us, even if it takes many years. Maria's insight into human relationships is both entertaining and educational.

I found Maria's descriptions of the anguish Alice goes through to be so realistic it has lead me to question whether she has experienced these things herself, or through someone close to her. Alice's anxiety, self-doubt, wishful thinking and at times even her evasion of the obvious are very engaging. This is a down to earth and a very human story.

After reading this book, I'm going to have to read Maria Savva's next and more popular work, "A Time to Tell." I realize that most readers will have read that book first. I'm sure those who enjoyed "A Time to Tell" will enjoy "Coincidences" as well. (By Jerald E. Travis)

About the Author

Maria Savva was born in London on 19th March 1970. She studied for a Law Degree at Middlesex University and went on to gain a professional solicitor qualification at The College of Law in London. She qualified as a solicitor in 1996. Maria continues to practice as a solicitor in London whilst writing her novels and stories in her spare time.

She was able to read before starting school, and on her first day at infants school, she remembers reading a story to another child in the class. Maria was immediately moved into the second year class, being too advanced for the first year. She has always been a bookworm and favourite books from her childhood include, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, and Swallows and Amazons. By the age of seven Maria had read most (if not all) of the books in the school library. During her teenage years she read probably all of the Mills & Boon titles available, and would often help out in the school library. She then went through a phase of enjoying horror and thriller books. Authors that Maria admires include Paulo Coelho, Maeve Binchy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Stephen King and Marian Keyes. After reading Paulo Coelho’s book, The Alchemist, Maria was inspired to try to write her first novel. These days, Maria enjoys reading all types of books and in particular chooses books to read by less well-known authors to support fellow independent writers. She enjoys reviewing books when she gets the time.

Maria has always enjoyed creative writing. She began work on her first novel Coincidences in 1997 when she found herself out of work. The positive feedback she has received for her work from fellow authors and fans maintains her enthusiasm and passion for writing.

Published works: Coincidences originally published in 2001 and recently released as a Kindle Edition, A Time to Tell 2006, Pieces of a Rainbow 2009, Love and Loyalty (and Other Tales) 2010, Second Chances 2010, Cutting The Fat 2011(co-author Jason McIntyre), Fusion 2011, Flames a short story, included in The BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology-Volume 1 2011, The Dream 2011, Isolation a short story featured in The BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology - Volume 2 2011. She is currently working on her fifth novel, a crime fiction story.