Blog Tour - All The Good Things by Clare Fisher
I'm delighted to be the next stop on this blog tour where I'll be sharing my thoughts on Clare Fisher's debut novel. Why not grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy...
What if you did a very bad thing... but that wasn't the end of the story.
Publication Date: 1 June 2017
"Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad she doesn't deserve ever to 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?"
It always amazes me how some authors have the ability to make you care about a character who has obviously done something unimaginable. Someone who you would consider a monster in the real world.
As a character, Beth had quite a unique voice. Every page I read took me deeper into her mind and I admit that I didn't always like what I saw but it was that which made the story interesting. I simply had to know more.
The author's writing style was emotive and drew me in easily. I was surprised to find that I could relate to Beth in some ways (mainly her love for reading and books), the way she described reading was perfect and I sat there nodding along in agreement. I also enjoyed the lighthearted moments when Beth was working at Odeon with Chantelle and the "Chuckle Sisters", not only did they make me laugh but they showed me a different side to Beth.
The storyline raised lots of questions but the one question that hung around until practically the end of the book was 'what did Beth do to end up in prison?'. I made several guesses, one of which was correct but I still wasn't prepared for how that particular scene made me feel. For me, at that moment, it erased all of the caring feelings I had towards Beth and in my eyes she quickly became the monster that I didn't think she would be. By the time I had put the book down, I felt torn - I couldn't believe what Beth had done but part of me understood the chain of events that led up to it. I just didn't know what to think!
This was a raw and thought-provoking read that overflowed with emotion but had a difficult conclusion.
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