Thursday, 7 May 2020

Book Review - Something to Live For by Richard Roper

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Title: Something to Live For
Author: Richard Roper
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 27th June 2019 
Rating: 5 Stars


Everybody likes Andrew. But they don't really know him.

They know what he's told them - that he's happily married with two kids. Living the kind of life that's either so boring it's true, or so perfect it's a lie . . .


Peggy arrives in Andrew's life in a burst of kindness and possibility. For the first time in ages, Andrew feels alive again. So now that he has everything to lose, can he risk it all and tell Peggy the truth?

A big-hearted story about love, loneliness, and the importance of taking a chance when we feel we have the most to lose.

What a fantastic story, I was completely invested in seeing how Andrew's character would develop and seeing just how and why he is lying about about having a wife and two kids. 

It's a book that could be rather depressing on the face of it, after all Andrew works for the council,  trying to find out of people who died alone have any friends or family to organise a funeral, or the money to pay for it themselves, or whether they need a paupers funeral organised by the council. 

Andrew needs to sift through the houses of the recently deceased and although the states of the places is upsetting, there are moments of humour that shine through too. 

Andrew is on the whole a loner, he lives alone (regardless of the fake family his colleagues believe he has), is a model train enthusiast, and prefers doing the house inspections alone too.  He is rather socially awkward and then he meets Peggy. 

Peggy is the new girl at work, and is made to shadow Andrew initially, and a fledgling friendship strikes up, there is just the small matter of the fake family! 

This is a story that looks at a lot of different topics, and written in a way you can't help but wanting to read on and find out more.   

It's astonishing to me that this is a debut novel, as it is that brilliant.  Although it took me a few chapters to warm completely to Andrew, once I did this was a delight to read, and I really loved how it all concluded. 

Thank you to Orion and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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