Waiting For The Flood By Alexis Hall Book Review

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Thank you Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for an advance copy for my unbiased review.

Waiting For The Flood is a wash of emotions. It’s sweet, it’s sad, it’s poignant, it’s sexy, it’s even funny sometimes, because this is Alexis Hall.

We meet Edwin and Marius at a crossroads in their lives. They have just ended a ten-year relationship, which makes it uplifting yet sad to watch them find love without each other. Waiting For The Flood is about Edwin’s healing journey. But we also briefly get to see Marius’ as well.

Waiting For The Flood Plot

Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant. An artist. It was going to be forever. Two years ago, it ended. Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, trying to a build a future from the fragments of the past. Then the weather turns, and the river spills into Edwin’s quiet world, bringing with it Adam Dacre from the Environment Agency. An unlikely knight, this stranger with roughened hands and worn wellingtons, but he offers Edwin the hope of something he thought he would never have again. As the two men grow closer in their struggle against the rising waters, Edwin learns he can’t protect himself from everything—and sometimes he doesn’t need to try.

Waiting For The Flood Book Review

I love the way Alexis Hall writes. His characters are so deep and nuanced. They’re never the same, always made up of believable strengths and weaknesses. Edwin is a serious character struggling to find himself outside of a ten-year relationship. He’s strong and tragic all at once.

While Edwin is waiting for the flood to sweep away his house full of memories it sweeps Adam into his life. Adam’s the quintessential British saviour. He’s not Superman, but he’s a civil response engineer and he’s pretty handy with a sandbag and drinking tea.

Hall’s writing is as beautiful as ever. It’s not a comedy like Rosaline Palmer, but there’s some excellent dry wit and poetry in heartbreak and healing.

The extra short story about Marius at the end is also stunning. In this small glimpse into Edwin’s ex, we get to meet the magnetic man who thrilled Edwin so much. Marius struggles with his demons, causing him to lash out and hurt the people closest to him.

Edwin’s story is about sweet kisses and quiet conversations, but Marius’ story is where we find the heat. His instant attraction to his saviour, Leo, is hot and so is the sex.

It’s also quietly heartbreaking to watch Edwin and Marius come together after four years and finally begin healing from the breaking of their relationship.

Waiting For The Flood Rating


Waiting For The Flood and the short story at the end Waiting For The Light can be read separately, but they’re beautiful together. I loved the descriptions in both books; The poetry of Edwin’s job restoring books, and the heat of the sex between Leo and Marius.

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