Top positive review
Don't Miss This Powerful Book
on 23 November 2017
I found Kevin's second book difficult to classify with reference to genre but this didn't seem important for me. As much as I enjoyed his first book with its many fascinating details about Thailand running through his plot and characters... this book is quite different. It is short but packs so much into the story. I found it so clever in the way that Kevin provides such a powerful impact in how he contrasts the lives of the two main characters who are poles apart in their thinking and life styles.
Joe is a male white young man and British, whereas Imram, also young and male, is a Muslim who was born in this country. I don't want to reveal any more without spoilers happening. Enough to say that though their lives are wholly separate at the start of the book, he changes who is narrating the story and either Joe or Imran tell us who they are throughout the developing plot which has a series of apparent coincidences which draw the two men closer to each other as the story progresses. I felt this was dealt with in such a smooth and clever way. This book affected me on a deep personal level, right from the beginning in that it hit straight through into my own private perceptions, in both their stories of what life was like for them in their individual environments.
Kevin adds an unexpected paranormal side to the life of one of the men which is again unexpected, original and enjoyable to read, for it does lighten the content. It's contrast with the reality of the rest of the plot worked for me. All in all I felt this was an unusual novel and although short, it gave me an author's own intimate portrait of two immensely different life styles that are quite probable in our modern society of mixed cultures and he gives us some insights as to what might well be some of the reasons that cause young people to decide to venture down different paths when they become adults. Both characters grow but in different ways. This book caused me to ponder a lot. I wonder if Kevin will write more about either one, or both of his characters in the future. I loved it and recommend it highly.