5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A damn good read,
This review is from: East of Nowhere (Paperback)
Robert Chalmers has created a worryingly recognisable world here, where the heroes and villains are your family and the people you work with, and where the life you thought you well deserved and took for granted can, in the blink of an eye, come crashing down around your ears, leaving you staring bemusedly at the remains of a seemingly perfect existence.
The character of Edward Miller, a morally bereft hack newspaper editor, is a particularly odious 'hero' and following his demise is not wholly difficult, but the places he takes his life and the people he meets are so well crafted, and balance just on the right side of believability, to make this an engrossing read. Nothing particularly extraordinary happens here (except when he ends up in America where, seemingly, everything is extraordinary and nothing is mundane) but the relationships which build, mature then collapse are wonderful to observe.
This is a solid and entertaining piece of storytelling that will leave you looking for more of the same. In the same way DBC Pierre and James Frey have written books that are quite annoying to finish, because there's no more to read, Robert Chalmers can join that list and make you a very happy and contented reader.