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  • Wildly Amusing & Ingenious

    A robber tries to steal from a cashless bank, and when it all goes wrong he ends up holding a group of people hostage at an apartment viewing. After a standoff the hostages are released but when the police enter the apartment, they can't find the bank robber. The police then conduct interviews with the witnesses. This locked room mystery is my first novel by Fredrik Backman. The author writes with style and flair about human nature in this philosophical tale that really wreaked havoc with my senses. His character creation was second-to-none as I got to meet the stellar cast, all of whom had anxiety issues and chaotic lives and there were many surprises as they all revealed their hidden truths. Fredrik Backman's storytelling was superb as he homed in on the complexities of human nature and the virtues of kindness, understanding and forgiveness. Anxious People was so touching, laugh-out-loud funny and wildly entertaining, and I have now moved both A Man Called Ove and Bear Town to the top of my reading list. Anxious People is a remarkable, smart, imaginative, and rewarding novel. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Penguin Michael Joseph via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Keep reading

    Reads and feels like a quirky YA no vel. But it's much more than that. Keep reading.

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  • Anxious People

    Quirky, funny, profoundly sad but ultimately uplifting. This book reminds us that life is complicated and unpredictable, and everyone has a story that explains who they are and why they do the things they do.

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  • Heartwarming

    What can i say? i absolutely adore this book. It mde me laugh and cry. Truly a wonderful experience.

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  • A pleasure to read

    ‘This is a story about a bridge, and idiots, and a hostage drama and an apartment viewing. But it’s also a love story. Several, in fact.’ Where to start with Anxious People? It’s one of those books that really sneaks up on you and tugs at your heart strings in a way I was not expecting. I was fully ugly-crying in the middle of the day by the end – thank goodness there is a pandemic or I likely would have been crying on a train instead of in my living room! Whenever I see that a book is labelled as ‘funny’ my guard goes up. This book is not laugh out-loud funny but it is humorous in it’s writing and that makes it a genuine pleasure to read. I must give full kudos to the translators who have kept the charm of the author without sacrificing anything. This book is also very quotable with some great phrases about modern life. At first I thought the book was a little farcical (the exchange with the estate agent in particular) but then as we learn about each character and how they came to be where they are it just became poignant instead. Each character has a hidden facet that we slowly learn about as the book progresses and I enjoyed how well-rounded and interesting they were as a result. I also enjoyed how the author turned some exchanges on their head or introduced small cliff-hangers or reveals at the end of chapters to keep tension high and made it hard to put the book down! Overall, Anxious People is a poignant and touching story about anxiety and how our life impacts those around us - it’s a pleasure to read and I highly recommend it. Thank you to NetGalley & Penguin – Michael Joseph UK for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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