They Are Trying to Break Your Heart
by David Savill
Pub Date 07 Apr 2016
In 1994, Marko Novak’s world is torn apart by the death of his best friend. Kemal Lekic, a young soldier in the darkest days of the Bosnian war, is killed in the shelling of their home town. But his body is never recovered. After the funeral, Marko flees to England, hoping to put his broken homeland, and the part he played in the loss of his friend, behind him.
In 2004, human rights researcher Anya Teal is following a tenuous lead in the hunt for a Bosnian man with blood on his hands. She is also clinging to the fragile hope that she can rebuild a relationship with her first love, William Howell.
When Anya invites Will to join her on a Christmas holiday in the Thai beach resort of Kao Lak, her motives are not entirely pure. She hopes the holiday will offer them the chance to unpick the mistakes of their past, but Kao Lak may also be home to the man Anya is looking for—a man with a much darker history.
What no-one can know, is that a disaster as destructive as a war is approaching, detonated in the sea-bed of the Indian Ocean. It is a disaster that will connect the fates of Marko, William and Anya, across the years and continents. In its wake, everything Marko thought he knew, will be overturned.
‘A pageturner of some considerable force. David Savill writes with a profound intelligence and compassion about subjects that really matter’ Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall
‘A remarkable book. They Are Trying To break Your Heart moves with the force of a thriller, spanning decades and conjuring different continents, and their people, with ease. David Savill will break your heart and put it back together again, page by page, in prose of aching emotional truth’ Anna Hope, author of Wake
‘They Are Trying to Break Your Heart is a beautifully balanced and nuanced novel. Savill threads together the various strands of his story superbly to produce a novel full of the mystery and wonder of the world’ Richard Skinner, author of The Mirror
‘This is the first book I’ve read that truly represents the political climate of the 21st century’s first decade. Moving between Sarajevo and Thailand, this multi-layered, global novel tackles what happens in the face of unbearable trauma…the story evokes a pointed and contemporary question: how can we dare to love, when everything around us is broken?’ Julia Bell author of Dark Light, Massive, Dirty Work