Remarkably Bright Creatures – Book Review

Title:- Remarkably Bright Creatures

Author:- Shelby Van Pelt

Date published:- May 3rd 2022

No. of pages:- 360 pages

Genre:- Literary

Rating:-

Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall rating:- 5/5

A novel tracing a widow’s unlikely connection with a giant Pacific octopus.

After Tova Sullivan’s husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she’s been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago.

Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn’t dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors–until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova.

Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova’s son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it’s too late.

This is one of the most beautiful and heartwarming story I have ever read!

You ever heard of an animal bond with humans? Usually, the bond would be either a cat or dog with the human. But in this story, this story is about a bond between an Octopus named Marcellus and a seventy five year old woman named Tova Sullivan.

Tova is a recent widow and many years ago, in 1989, her eighteen-year-old son, Eric died in the sea with no reason as to why. Every night, Tova would work in Seattle Aquarium as a cleaner and while cleaning, she meets and befriends with an octopus named Marcellus. Meanwhile, Cameron comes all the way from California to Washington to look for his biological father. When Tova gets into an accident, Cameron gets the cleaning job and by chance he gets to meet Tova. Marcellus knows a deep secret between Tova and Cameron and is determined to unite the two together.

I listened to the audiobook and I have to say, the narrator did a good job with the narration. The story is mainly talking about relationships, family bonds and how Tova is grieving for the death of her son in which she wanted to find answers. We also see Cameron who is not very lucky. The story is beautifully crafted making the reader actually like Marcellus. There were some parts where it was emotional and I was literally drawn into the story. As a reader I was listening to the story intently, wondering what is the secret and why was Marcellus determined to bring both Cameron and Tova together. I do like the other characters that surround Tova and Cameron, Cameron’s new romance with a woman named Avery. I also liked the fact that Marcellus perspective was also involved in the book, which to me, I enjoyed reading his version of the story. I also liked the relationship between Marcellus and Tova as well, which I enjoyed reading about. I simply couldn’t even believe that this is actually the author’s debut book because it was so beautifully written. Despite the fact that there is a happy ending for Tova and Cameron, personally I was sad for Marcellus although I was happy that he was saved (SPOILER ALERT)

I highly recommend this beautiful book–the cover is beautiful but the story is the most beautiful and heartwarming story I have read. Worth five stars!

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