Top positive review
Great book, full of very realistic life stories
22 March 2018
It is for books like this, it’s worth doing a reading challenges. I live in Brighton and the choice of books set here (at least partially) is pretty broad but I must admit this book I haven’t heard of until now. It was recommended to me by fellow Brightonian and member of Fiction Cafe book club and I am so pleased as I absolutely loved it!
Each chapter of this book is like a short story and covers live events of certain people. Although each of them is happening in Brighton, they are not all happening at the same time. The timeline is quite wide and some chapters go as far as 40s and then back to the present. There is a lot of characters and their stories are all connected. I struggled to remember all the names sometimes but chapters were written so well, that even if I’m not really good with names, I still worked out what was going on. I adore books where people’s lives are entwined and their stories all connect at the end. Their lives are full of ordinary problems but also unusual events. Some you would never wish to have happen to you but we unfortunately sometimes bad things happen to good people, so this book felt very real.
I found it really enjoyable, full of amazingly written stories and so easy to connect to characters. Descriptions of places were fantastic and as I live here, I found it effortless to imagine the setting. That would have to be my favourite part of this reading experience. No difficulties to picture the scenery, pebbled beach, West Pier, just so many landmarks I get to see daily. It really felt special reading this book.
Whether you are from Brighton or not, if you enjoy fast pacing, thought provocative books, full of life stories and experiences, you should give this book a try. I will recommend it to others from now on because I believe this book deserves to be read and appreciated.