I am extermely grateful to Netgalley for a copy of ‘You, Me and Other People’ by Fionnuala Kearney which is out in Harper paperback on 18th June 2015.
Adam has been unfaithful to Beth – again. And this time it looks as if their lives are irreparably changed. They both need to learn what is important in life and finding out may not be easy.
At the start of the novel I hated Adam. I thought he was a complete idiot who didn’t recognise what was important in life. His cynical betrayal of Beth and their marriage, hurting their daughter Meg in the process, made me glad when his life began to free-fall. Fionnuala Kearney, however, had other ideas. She wanted me to be drawn to Adam, to understand him and to care about him and such is the skill of her writing I did just that.
‘You, Me and Other People’ is a super summer read. It has everything a reader wants to engage them. Kearney explores human nature and love in all their flaws and triumphs so that the reader totally believes in each of the characters and understands why they behave as they do.
The plot is fast paced and totally gripping. The structure of switching chapters alternately between Adam and Beth from their first person point of view keeps the writing fresh and interesting. I found it hard to believe that this is a debut novel.
The novel does not end as I wanted it to (but I’m not going to spoil the plot by saying more). It did, however, end with humanity, realism and a desperate need in this reader to know what happens next!
I can totally recommend ‘You, Me and Other People’ as a wonderful summer read.