‘So long, farewell…’

Hi all!

I hope you enjoyed my last post about Anthony Le Moignan’s book In Another lifetime. As promised, I will be reviewing two of Moignan’s books today! I am re-posting my review of his other novel, A Long Goodbye.

The Blurb

Simon, a successful accountant, has a big problem. The biggest of them all. He checks himself into Orchard Care Home whilst still relatively healthy, the youngest resident by decades. He’s confident he cut all ties with the outside world and is untraceable.

Emma, married with no kids, lives, breathes and manages Orchard Care Home; a position her husband, Michael, used to hold in the good old days. But now he’s soared up the company hierarchy she sees so much less of him.

The attraction between carer and resident is instant, but ultimately destined for catastrophe. Alzheimer’s takes no prisoners and Early Onset, it’s most tragic form, is the cruellest of all.

How can Michael feel threatened by Simon? And what future could Emma have with him?

Simon understands less and less, but knows he has to try and run away from time – to somehow beat the ceaseless clock.

Review

I was so invested in this book, I was hooked from the first few pages. This story was unbelievably unique. I had never read anything like this before, but I’m glad I did. I was so absorbed within the story, I couldn’t believe it when I had finished it within a few days.

The plot has so many elements to it, and although a work of fiction, it really did draw on real life. There were some serious and sensitive issues explored within the book, all of which Moignan addressed tentatively. I was impressed by the narrative and how we got to see what the character’s were thinking and what was really going on. The episodic nature of the story creates a flowing atmosphere, I read it with ease as the story was never dragged out and brilliantly paced.

Moignan’s use of imagery and descriptions really sets up the novel, but his characters are what brought this story to life. I connected with them and found myself getting caught up in the drama. This contemporary book looks at people differently and captures what’s important in life.

I thought the dialogue between the characters wasn’t forced or illustrated. I imagined these conversations between characters with ease. Although there was a lot of drama in this book, it did not come across as a tacky soap opera. Instead, the narrative takes on all the elements of a contemporary novel whilst at the same time, has a classic feel to it.

Recommendation

If you’re a fan of contemporary literature and fancy something that is character driven, I’d definitely recommend this book. You will be completely taken in but this story beyond its final pages.

Thank you to the author for my free copy in exchange for an honest review!

To learn more about Moignan’s books, CLICK HERE for his website. Also, see my previous post for a review his newest novel, In Another Lifetime, which is published tomorrow!

Happy reading! Lx

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