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Publication Date: 1st June 2017 from Penguin UK (Viking)
Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad she doesn’t deserve to ever feel good again.
But her counsellor, Erika, won’t give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life. So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1, to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays, to the very first time she sniffed her baby’s head.
But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing.
What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone-even a 100% bad person-deserve a chance to be good?
All The Good Things by Clare Fisher is a highly charged emotional read that just grabs you right in the heart.
Loved the character voice in this one – Beth is an adult, a young one but an adult none the less, she pulls you into her life with her simplistic but utterly immersive telling of her life story. She has done a very bad thing – the thing that she has done is not at all difficult to work out, that is not the point of this at all – the point of it is to try and come to some understanding of why.
Told using therapy – trying to find the good things about her life – Beth’s story starts to emerge. Her mother, from whom she is estranged, plays a huge part in her perceptions, her life in the foster care system is challenging and she herself is a challenging character – I edged between loving her and wishing she would just get a grip, she is damaged yet sympathetic.
Her attempts to make her own life better, her love of reading, her obvious intelligence tempered by a difficult upbringing and an even more difficult emergence into having to take care of herself, all add grist to the mill on the journey that leads her to the very bad thing. There is an eclectic cast of external characters, some who help, some who hurt that inform her behaviour and as the tale unfolds it is actually quite stunning in its impact. Beautifully done.
What if you did a very bad thing but that wasn’t the end of the story? In All The Good Things Clare Fisher explores a subject that is emotionally traumatic and shows us that not everything is black and white. Indeed the shades of grey are where you will find most of the answers.
Loved it. It made me cry. Highly Recommended.
You can purchase All The Good Things HERE
Publication Date: April 2017 from HQ
Source: Review copy
Have you met them yet, the new couple?’
When Gav and Lou move into the house next door, Sara spends days plucking up courage to say hello. The neighbours are glamorous, chaotic and just a little eccentric. They make the rest of Sara’s street seem dull by comparison.
When the hand of friendship is extended, Sara is delighted and flattered. Incredibly, Gav and Lou seem to see something in Sara and Neil that they admire too. In no time at all, the two couples are soulmates, sharing suppers, bottles of red wine and childcare, laughing and trading stories and secrets late into the night in one another’s houses.
And the more time Sara spends with Gav and Lou, the more she longs to make changes in her own life. But those changes will come at a price. Soon Gav and Lou will be asking things they’ve no right to ask of their neighbours, with shattering consequences for all of them…
This one is not out for a while so this is a small review I shall talk about it more nearer the time.
The People at Number 9 surprised me – I was expecting another of your usual psychological thriller reads – not that this would be a bad thing but The People At Number 9 has a different vibe to it. The tale of an intense friendship that turns toxic, it was compelling and hugely character driven with Sara at the helm telling the story.
So Gav and Lou move in next door to Sara and Neil – Sara is dazzled by their bohemian and loose arty lifestyle and basically inserts herself into their lives to the detriment of her other friendships and relationships. But are the two couples really that well suited? What follows is the rise and fall of that friendship and it is really well written, insightful and gripping.
The proof I am reading asks “Whose side are you on?” – Well I think with due consideration I came down on the side of Gav and Lou – I can’t tell you why for reasons of spoilers but when a lot of people have read this it will make for interesting discussions. It is a PERFECT book club read and one of those books you sink into.
I maybe would have liked a less abrupt ending but that is a tiny tiny bugbear in what was a really terrific and thought provoking read – How much can you forgive, where do you draw a line in the sand, can expectations be too high, all of that comes into play here and it was fascinating, highly readable stuff with truly divisive and captivating characters.
You can Purchase The People At Number 9 HERE