Glenda's debut novel is lots of fun to read and something a little different. It's also a bit sad and it's also hopeful.
There are three main characters, Rob, John and Julie. Rob is finishing his university degree. He's not very ambitious and does the minimum required to get through. He takes everything for granted, does not seem able to connect with people on an emotional level and doesn't seem to care, either. He spends his days smoking dope and selling bits and bobs on eBay and generally drifting through life.
John is a senior citizen, still grieving his wife after 11 years. He's lonely, isolated and feels he has no reason to live. He is "waiting for God". He speaks to his wife, Em, in the local church now and then but is finding the attentions of one of the church ladies, Gloria, irritating.
Julie is a middle aged university professor. She is neat and tidy, professional and she's lonely. She assesses everything in trousers as a potential mate but she just might have met the man of her dreams.
Somehow, these three people cross into each other's lives and living spaces, Julie into John's, John into Rob's and Rob into Julie's. None of them are aware of the others' visits except Julie's cat, Tinks who tolerates non-cats but seems to take to Rob immediately. Rob enjoys the home comforts of Julie's house, Julie puts a woman's touch to John's neglected house and John finds a way to communicate with his beloved Em in Rob's room via his computer.
Through it all, we find out more about these characters and their lives. I did enjoy the book, the characters are interesting and their situations poignant. Glenda's voice is wonderfully descriptive.
My only issue is: We never do find out why they "travelled" and they never actually meet each other aside from a few near misses. We're not really sure why these crossovers have happened or who or what has instigated it. Rob finds the home he never had himself, which only makes his real life more hollow. John is contacted by Em, his dearest wish to see or talk to her again briefly granted. That makes his real life even sadder and lonelier. I would have liked to have seen Rob's attitude or life turn a corner. Maybe Julie's visit to the dark and neglected house where John exists serves to show her what a lonely future she could have but she doesn't seem to connect those dots and her own future does seem to be the happiest one. She's the only one that gets what she wants.
Then there's Julie's cat, Tinks. There's more to Tinks than meets the eye. In more ways than one, which made for a slightly bizarre and off the wall aspect in the end. Very imaginative!