When Jade, a passionate young photographer, is attacked by drug pushers and saved by the brooding shipwright Martin, she becomes increasingly obsessed with her reluctant hero’s tragic back-story. Her pursuit of Martin’s affection and her consequent obsessive search for Martin’s lost sister, Amber, ultimately leads Jade to discover the truth about her own mother, who abandoned her as a baby in the late 1950s, and the tragic events that led to her disappearance.
An exquisite exploration of love, loss and the penuries of life, Searching For Amber, is the debut novel from author David Smith. A veritable smorgasbord of literary eloquence, there is an undeniable resonance to Smith’s words as he majestically conjures a palpable sense of time and place. The intricacy of his plot, as beguiling as his meticulously observed settings. Each ably capturing the essence of yesteryear as his intimately woven narratives unfold. It’s the work of an acerbic mind and one that demands a slow read to be really appreciated, with Smith keeping his readers in suspense until the final pages, but it’s most noteworthy for his rendering of the ordinary. Intense, lyrical, and certainly evocative, it's breathtakingly good at times; fuelling the need to discover how all the pieces fit together. Admirably mysterious, these are reasons to read on, sure in the knowledge that you’re in the hands of a highly competent wordsmith.
A powerful and notably memorable debut, Searching For Amber certainly deserves your attention, whilst boding well for future releases from author David Smith. It is recommended without reservation!
by Stephan Myers
Described as an exciting voice in Contemporary Literature, David Smith's first novel Searching for Amber has been described as "A powerful and notably memorable debut" and "beautiful, dreamlike and beguiling". David is a blue chip Chief Financial Officer and lives in West Sussex with his wife and three teenage children.