Fickle by Peter Manus

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*Many thanks to the publisher for my Netgalley review copy*

About the book:

The distance between what you see and what you believe can be the distance between life and death.

On a winter night in Boston, a man falls to his death in front of a subway train. The sole witness, a shaken young woman, explains to the police how the man shoved her aside as he made his way to the tracks. But when her blog turns up on the dead man’s computer, the cops begin to look for other connections. Was the man a cyber-stalker, charmed to the point of desperation by the irreverent musings of a noir-obsessed blogger? Or are the connections between subway jumper and innocent bystander more complicated?

The distance between what you see and what you believe can be the distance between life and death.

On a winter night in Boston, a man falls to his death in front of a subway train. The sole witness, a shaken young woman, explains to the police how the man shoved her aside as he made his way to the tracks. But when her blog turns up on the dead man’s computer, the cops begin to look for other connections. Was the man a cyber-stalker, charmed to the point of desperation by the irreverent musings of a noir-obsessed blogger? Or are the connections between subway jumper and innocent bystander more complicated?

Out next month, clickΒ HEREΒ to preorder your copy!

My thoughts:

I had seen Fickle on my fellow blogger Liz Barnsley’s blog Liz Loves Books, and I figured I may as well give it a go as it came highly recommended. While Fickle was an original concept as regards format and content, I found myself unable to fully succumb to its charms.

The characterisation is odd, with more than a few unreliable narrators and very unique voices thrown in but as I went on, they stated to grate on me just a little. In saying that though, I really liked reading their comments after each blog post. The real story is definitely nestled in the comments sections.

Essentially a whodunnit, the way it’s told is what makes this book stand out. I’ve never read a book like it in that sense so it definitely sticks with you. It is very dark and searching at times, but there are some brief moments of levity dotted through the book. Unsuitable for the subject matter maybe, but the lighter tone is welcome at times because sometimes there is a flood of information thrown at the reader.

Ultimately, Fickle is a really interesting concept. Told in blog post format, its highly original. I don’t know what I was expecting when I started reading, but I was sucked into the narrative fairly quickly. While I found it a bit drawn out in parts, it was still a good read. Unreliable narration is what makes this book, and it leaves the reader with a lot of questions at the (very) end!

Recommended!

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