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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Push Me Off The Cliff is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, family saga, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Marina Osipova. The work is intended for the general adult reading audience and contains references to suicide and acute experiences of trauma and PTSD. Our protagonists are Maria, a woman reliving nightmares of her time on the front during the Second World War, and Armen, a man haunted by the loneliness of living after such trauma. In the spring of 1948, Maria must seek Armen out and discover if she is willing to risk it all to aid him, whilst Armen must face his despair head-on and find out if he even has the will left to survive.
Author Marina Osipova has crafted a beautiful, tragic, and very emotive work of fiction with plenty of cultural and historical richness to offer readers. One of the features which I found particularly impressive about this piece was its commitment to the cultural realities and sensitivities of the two main characters, as the book represents a less than typical view of both World Wars, from under-represented perspectives. This was refreshing and brilliantly achieved through close narration and attention to detail in the central pairing of characters. The dialogue was also most effective, serving to display the unique traits of the characters whilst moving the plot forward in a naturalistic way. Overall, I would highly recommend Push Me Off The Cliff to fans of emotional psychological dramas, deep character studies, and readers everywhere who enjoy thematic, deep writing with confident realism.