Whispers Through a Megaphone is an underdog kind of story. The smaller characters that shy away from the spotlight. They’re not dare devils hoping to change the world or psychopaths craving respect and admiration. They want their own little slice of happiness. Miriam hasn’t left her house in three years. Her mother still controls every part of her life beyond the grave. Ralph has lost his wife to fantasy, twitter and another woman. Happiness isn’t riches or love; it’s standing on your own.
This is certainly a character driven book, their chance meeting in the woods during stormy weather is more poetic than plausible but we can forgive this debut author that. Rachel Elliott has the most beautiful writing style so full of wit and warmth. Every sentence was a pleasure to read. Elliot has a unique view of the world and that shows through the eccentricity of Miriam, Ralph and the people around them. Except for Rachel’s mother and Ralph’s shallow wife, I feel head over heels for all the people in her book. They were so grounded and flawed and driven. They were all connected in one way or another, and not in a forced Love Actually way either.
This book balances the idea of finding yourself on your own and through the people around you. Miriam and Ralph complement each other so well. They bring out the best in each other and they don’t fall in love! I admit, while reading this book, I was dreading that happening. They form a fast and deep friendship and one that I hope will last the ages. I truly believe this book was written for me. It’s actually what I look for in a good book. Human beings facing struggles with humour and passion. Life isn’t easy, but it wouldn’t be worth it if it was.