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  • Vinicius Monteiro

Eve Review

Eve Review

This text may contain SPOILERS.

Synopsis: Vedina, a woman shattered by a marriage marked by lovelessness, in a moment of despair abandons her son and, immediately regretting it, returns to the place where she left him and finds no trace of his presence. This is the core event of the plot, which exposes the guts of a family - an alcoholic father, a controlling mother, twin brothers tensed by their differences - which, like so many other families, becomes a place where everyone's singularities are not welcomed, creating cracks through which violence seeps in.


Book review: The book begins with a mother who, in a moment of madness, abandons her five-year-old son on the sidewalk of a busy avenue. A few minutes later, she realizes her mistake and goes back to get the child, but the boy has disappeared.

"Eve" starts off very well, at no point did I leave the book. The book sews together the desperation and madness of this mother and the days before she abandoned her son. The book recreates the biblical story of Cain and Abel, the brothers who carried out humanity's first murder. I have to confess that this is an overused narrative, which made the story of "Eve" a little predictable, but the book still managed to have an effect on me.

The book presents a story that I simply devoured. "Eve" is full of mystery and twists and turns, but what captivated me was delving into the mind of the character Vedina. As you read, Vedina's story is revealed little by little and without haste. The character develops very satisfactorily and you can understand how she got to this point in the book.

Even with a few sentences, the author Carla Madeira manages to draw a complete human being, with mistakes, traumas and desires. Despite all the twists and turns, "Eve" is silent and deadly. Carla Madeira is right to deliver a plot built on two narrative tenses, alternated by chapters, which gradually provide answers and thus gradually reveal the complexity of the character.


When the narrative focused on the school years of the twins, Vedina's children, the story became a little uninteresting. The brothers carry the obvious narrative of the biblical story between Cain and Abel, with one clearly doing better than the other at school, leading to an inevitable and sad separation for their mother to accept.

The author is straightforward, "Eve" is one of those books you can read in a day, a great choice for quick reads. I just found the twins' storyline a little too novelistic within the plot, but that doesn't detract from the impact this book makes.

The nuances of "Eve" are subtle and their effect is silent and devastating. Several times during the reading I found myself in anguish, suffering along with the character Vedina. Carla Madeira exquisitely creates an atmosphere full of suspense and tension.

Rating: 8

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