Review: Ingrid Chabbert – Waves

I was approved to read and review an eARC of this graphic novel through Netgalley, which has in no way influenced my opinions.

I requested this eARC based on the cover and description of this graphic novel. Over the last year and a half or so, I’ve already fallen in love with graphic novels, and I’ve been wanting to read more of them. This one looked like the art work would be beautiful, and the synopsis had me intrigued right away, as I don’t think it’s something I’ve ever read about before and it seemed like it would be quite impactful.


A young woman and her wife’s attempts to have a child unfold in this poetic tale that ebbs and flows like the sea.

After years of difficulty trying to have children, a young couple finally announces their pregnancy, only to have the most joyous day of their lives replaced with one of unexpected heartbreak. Their relationship is put to the test as they forge ahead, working together to rebuild themselves amidst the churning tumult of devastating loss, and ultimately facing the soul-crushing reality that they may never conceive a child of their own.

Based on author Ingrid Chabbert’s own experience, coupled with soft, sometimes dreamlike illustrations by Carole Maurel, Waves is a deeply moving story that poignantly captures a woman’s exploration of her pain in order to rediscover hope.


With at times very poetic writing, and at other times a pretty subdued, subtle use of language, I feel like this book would have already been quite impactful if it would have been text only. The limited use of text brought across the meaning very effectively.


While the writing already made this book into an impactful read, the art enhanced this significantly, resulting in a graphic novel that will stay with me for a long time. It had me crying at times, but ultimately, it’s also very hopeful. Especially the use of colour in the illustrations felt very meaningful, and the poetic writing style added to that even more.


Overall, this was such a beautiful read. It’s about the grief of losing a baby, but it’s also about picking up the pieces of your life and moving forward. It’s very hopeful and shows that good things will always start happening again, even if it might not seem that way.

Trigger warnings: grief, surgery/hospitals, visual representation of scarring, visual representation of blood.


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