Author: Richard Roper
Genre: General Fiction
Format: Hardcover 352 pages
Release Date: 27 June 2019
My thanks to Virginia Woolstencroft for the advanced readers copy provided to me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Sometimes you have to risk everything to find your something…
All Andrew wants is to be normal. He has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people.
The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and his little white lie is about to catch up with him.
Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.
This book centres around Andrew and a simple lie he told that manifested and became way out of control. Andrew is such a likeable character in my opinion. Despite the fact he told this huge lie and for some reason carried on with the pretence, I still found myself really drawn to him. Ultimately he is harmless and I knew that straight away. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him the fact that he had got himself so tangled up in this web of deceit.
What I also really enjoyed reading was how Andrew’s relationship with Peggy develops. Peggy joins Andrew’s team at work and somehow, despite Andrew’s painfully shy nature, they hit it off and become firm friends. Reading how Andrew comes out of his shell the more he gets to know Peggy was really heart warming.
It was really interesting how both Peggy and Andrew worked within a department of the Council that dealt with trying to figure out if a deceased had any next of kin when they unexpectedly died alone at home. This is not something I have ever really thought about before and I bet it happens more that one would think. It made me feel really fortunate that I have people in my life who would notice if one day I just didn’t turn up somewhere, because for the people Andrew and Peggy look into, they really have no one.
This book was funny, sad, up-lifting and thought provoking all in equal measures. A really special book that I think everyone would find something they enjoy about it.
About the Author
Richard Roper was inspired by an article he read about the council workers who deal with situations when someone dies alone. Their days are spent sifting through the ephemera of those who’ve slipped through the cracks, searching for clues to a next of kin. Council workers are under no obligation to attend the funerals. Yet they do, sometimes dozens of them a year, just to make sure at least someone is there.
Richard Roper lives in London. SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR is his first novel.
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