Title: The Rules of Seeing
Author: Joe Heap
The Rules of Seeing follows the lives of two women whose paths cross at a time when they need each other most.
Nova, an interpreter for the Metropolitan police, has been blind from birth. When she undergoes surgery to restore her sight her journey is just beginning – she now has to face a world in full colour for the first time.
Kate, a successful architect and wife to Tony, is in hospital after a blow to the head. There, she meets Nova and what starts as a beautiful friendship soon turns into something more.
I didn’t know what to expect with this read, but ended up absolutely loving it! The charaters are so likable; I compeltely fell in love with both main characters Nova and Kate, but particularly Nova – I mean, who wouldn’t?
The main themes in this novel felt so different and fresh, yet somehow the story felt so relatable despite not being exeperiences that I’ve necessarily had myself. I loved reading about Nova’s journey from being blind (from birth, so she’s never known anything else) to being able to see again. It was so interesting reading about how she dealt with learning to see again, with all these hurdles that I’d never thought about. I also thought Kate’s experience, with her husband (I don’t want to give too much detail away) was so gripping and emotional to read about. The characters all felt like real people, with some really surprising me with their actions, and I loved reading about them.
The main theme of this novel – learning to see, not just literally for Nova but also metaphorically for other people – is so wonderful to read about and, although the story certainly isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, I felt incredibly uplifted at the end. Brilliant reading!
Many thanks to HarperCollins for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.