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  • Quirky - and Quite Unique!

    I admit I wasn't quite sure of where this one was heading when I began but it is entertaining and quite unique! Felix Pink staves off boredom in retirement and widowerhood by focusing on what could possibly be described as a charitable work which he indulges in with a partner. But when his partner quits and he is assigned a new sidekick, things begin to go a bit wrong and panic sets in. Taking the option to leave the scene before the police discover him there, Felix is riddled with guilt. The thought that he could possibly be to blame for the death of another haunts him and Felix sets out to discover why events took the turn that they did. I think the idea this novel is based on is rather commendable given our current laws on the matter in hand and I quite admired Felix's little 'hobby'. While there's a serious side to all of this, it's a very entertaining read which had me in fits of giggles from time to time and I really couldn't work out where it was heading. Quirky and so very different from anything else I've read lately I was really gripped by this until the very end. Definitely worth reading and one I'm happy to give four stars.

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  • Perfect for fans of Thursday Murder Club

    The unique premise of Exit is centred around the Exiteers; an underground and secretive group who observe and support assisted suicide. Pensioner Felix Pink is 75 and when he finds out he may have killed the wrong man it triggers a whole host of events he could never have foreseen. Exit is a delightful book full of dark British humour which is touching in places but also laugh out loud funny throughout. It’s almost exactly how I was hoping Richard Osman’s (slightly disappointing) The Thursday Murder Club would be and I heavily recommend Exit to anyone who enjoyed that. Bauer perfectly balances the tough subject matter with farcical humour and her writing style is so engaging that I finished it in two sittings. Felix is a sweet and well-rounded character who only wants to do what he believes to be the right thing, even when his idea of what is right might be somewhat questionable! He also has a little dog named Mable who has a very large personality, a friendship with his next door neighbour and a touching backstory with his deceased wife and child. We are also introduced to PC Calvin Bridge, a lazy cop with a secret gambling addiction who is tasked with solving the crime. The narration begins from just Felix’s perspective, then alternates between him and Calvin and then by the end we get to hear perspectives from lots of different characters involved. Although sometimes this technique can get a little confusing, it was actually nice to get introduced to the inner workings of other characters in this way. Even the minor characters are very well written and have such interesting personalities that they seem to jump off the page. The crime itself has a lot of twists and turns and becomes quite complex by the end, although it works its way through it in a clear and concise way so you never felt too overwhelmed. The ending was perfectly poignant and I shall certainly keep an eye out for more books written by Belinda Bauer in future. Overall, Exit is a delightfully British murder-mystery full of dark humour which is engaging and well written. Thank you to NetGalley, Random House UK & Transworld Publishers – Bantam Press for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • A Fantastic, Amusing Read

    Felix Pink works for a company called Exiteers who help terminally ill people end their lives at home safely and painlessly. However, he goes to a job with newbie Amanda and things go horribly wrong. They let themselves into 3 Back Lane and soon find themselves in a sticky situation so the police are called in. DCI Kirsty King and DC Calvin Bridge take on the case as Felix feels forced to run. Racked with guilt he wants to confess his involvement but he has to consider his scruffy dog, Mabel and his responsibilities towards Amanda. This was an excellent, darkly plotted novel from Belinda Bauer and I relished every moment of it. Her characterisation is second-to-none and I loved the compassionate, amusing, seventy-five-year-old widower Felix. DC Calvin Bridge is in charge of the investigation into this catastrophe, and even he is charmed by Felix. I loved the camaraderie between the police officers at their headquarters which elevated the story from what might have been a depressing tale. Exit is certainly a very different read but in a good way. I was equally invested in trying to figure out the mystery, but I was also looking forward to the next quip or comedic moment. A totally enjoyable heartwarming and twisty novel that I recommend to everyone. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Random House UK, Transworld Publishers/ Bantam Press via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Brilliant

    What a great book, such an unusual storyline. A sort of cross between a murder mystery and an old fashioned comedy. The characters were brilliant and had me laughing out loud numerous times.

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  • Excellent read

    A fine caper, as the late lamented Ken Campbell would have had it. Start and it won't let you go until the end.

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