Book Review : Forever Yours by Daniel Glattauer

November 3, 2014 Book review 8 ★★½

I was excited when I read the blurb on this book as it sounded electrifying.  I mean a dash of Stephen King with a twist of Hitchcock, doesn’t that just sound like it’s going to sizzle.  And then I saw it was a translated book and that excited me further as I feel I don’t read enough of books in this category.  But my expectations were just high and it never lived up to my initial hopes.

Book Review : Forever Yours by Daniel GlattauerForever Yours by Daniel Glattauer
Published by Quercus Books, Quercus Publishing Plc on 4th Sept 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Crime, Depression & Mental Illness
Pages: 272
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley

Judith, in her mid-thirties and single, meets Hannes when he steps on her foot in a crowded supermarket. Before long he turns up in the exclusive little lighting boutique that Judith runs with the help of her assistant Bianca.

Hannes is an architect – single and in the prime of life. Not only is he every mother-in-law’s dream, but Judith’s friends are also bowled over by him. At first Judith revels in being put on a pedestal by this determined man who seems to have eyes only for her. But as time goes by, she finds his constant displays of affection increasingly wearying and his intensive attention becomes oppressive and overwhelming.

In the end she feels cornered, controlled and stifled. All her attempts to get him out of her life fail. He seems to follow her all the way into her dreams, and when she wakes up he’s already waiting on her doorstep to pamper her afresh…

First Line of Forever Yours by Daniel Glattauer:

“When he stepped into her life, Judith felt a brief stabbing pain.”

My Thoughts on Forever Yours by Daniel Glattauer:

OK so I didn’t love this but it’s not a bad book at all.  It was just too slow for me personally.  The comparison to Stephen King and Hitchcock set the bar way too high and it was too big of a jump for this book to take.

It’s a slow, dark read and feels nicely edgy at times.  From the moment Judith meets Hannes, it’s awkward and there is zero chemistry between them.  Their dialogue is forced and a little hard to read as it’s just so bland.  It does capture the lack of sparks between them and how Judith has just sort of given up on romance and is settling.

“Him: “OK, then.”

Her: “Yes.”

Him: “Oh, and about the coffee – I’ll just pop into your shop sometime when it suits.”

Her: “Yes, do.”

Him: “Looking forward to it.”

Her: “Yes.”

Do you see what I mean, it’s not exactly riveting stuff.  However not all the dialogue is like this and it is being used to show us the lack of excitement between them.  They are nice, overly polite and beyond reserved.  And when Hannes later shows a darker side, it’s not exactly a surprise because no one is that lacking in personality so it was obvious that he was hiding something bad.

Not that he hid it too well.  He was all but waving red stalker flags from their very first meeting and I think Judith even saw that but just turned a blind eye to it.  The use of the Him and Her left me feeling a little outside the action and quite detached from the characters.  However on the positive side, it did increase the chill factor of the book.

As the book progressed, it spiralled into dark, depressing places and you are left feeling isolated and helpless just like Judith.  Every direction she turns to for help becomes another dead end as Hannes effectively seals off all her support network.  Even though I found the pace of the book slow, I was intrigued as to the direction the book took and was unsure the whole way through how it would end.

One thing that disappointed me was that there was no sense of place about the setting.  I wanted to feel the Austrian location but really it was pretty generic and could be any city or town apart from the place names and character names.

Overall a bit of a letdown but I’m glad it helped me step a little outside my comfort zone and read some translated fiction.  I also appreciated that the author has a unique voice even if it didn’t work for me.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: two-half-stars


Who should read Forever Yours by Daniel Glattauer?

I’m not quite sure who to recommend this book to.  If you like slower paced books, that are dark and edgy then this might work better for you.

Thanks to NetGalley and Quercus Books for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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8 Responses to “Book Review : Forever Yours by Daniel Glattauer”

  1. trish

    Isn’t the cover fab, I love it. It does fit in, all those lights make sense when you read the book but it definitely doesn’t convey how dark it is. And honestly, it was a little dull for me, I just needed a faster pace.

  2. kimbacaffeinate

    I almost hate when they compare authors works to King and the like..because inevitably I am so disappointed. This happen to me recently in fact. I have read all of Kings work, and those under his pseudonym and ones he co-authored, so even if I try not to the bar is high. Weird conversations there, was it typed like that too? *shivers* It sounds like despite all, it was ok, maybe tightened up more?
    kimbacaffeinate recently posted…Make You Remember by Macy Beckett

    • trish

      I knowing, comparing a author to one of the huge names is never a great way to go even if publishers love doing it. I wish they wouldn’t.
      Yep, that’s exactly the way the convo was typed. It WAS ok, there were elements I didn’t like but overall it was a book that I’m glad I took the time to read.

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    The premise sounds delightfully creepy but I think for me to enjoy them these kinds of thrillers need to be fairly fast paced. I think if they drag to long they just get too dark and depressing. I can see how the Him Her stuff would make you feel distant. It feels a little bit like reading a script. Thanks for sharing and saving me some reading time!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Top Ten Books I Want to Reread

    • trish

      I’m the same, I need a snappy pace to keep me invested in the plot. Especially when the book isn’t character driven. Oh well, you win some, you lose some and it was still an okay-ish read.

  4. Rachel

    Oh, no. I was hoping for good things from this one! I read and I really loved it. I bought a second copy and will be doing a giveaway with it (among many others) in the new year to celebrate my one year blogoversary, but I really connected with Love Virtually, so disappointed this one wasn’t great.
    Rachel recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Want To Reread

    • trish

      That one sounds great Rachel. I’m not put off reading more by this author as I do think they have something unique to offer and it sounds like the pacing is better in that book.

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