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On my own with this one
on 4 August 2013
This novel tells the story of Matt, who suffers from a bipolar disorder. His brother Simon died in childhood as the result of a tragic accident, and the story of Simon's death (and Matt's part in it) is interwoven with Matt's own story of growing up and then learning to lead an independent life.
I really wanted to like this book. Written by a registered mental health nurse, who obviously knows his subject, it has all the ingredients for a good read, but in the end, it never really engaged me. There was simply too much dodging back and forth in time and place; different fonts and (once or twice) different points of view. The story rambled on, and in fact could have ended at any point. Once or twice, I thought that maybe I might enjoy it after all, but in the end, I became bored with it, and for me, it failed to deliver.
This novel has already been acclaimed, and I may well be a lone voice; but I want to write an honest review, and I cannot recommend this book.