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This is an interesting story, a poor man who seems to embody and "reflect" other people's worst opinions about themselves. The Day Jack sacked his therapist is a good story, like someone taking the "when you point a finger there's three pointing back at you" concept and added a sprinkling of magic. You really feel for Marion and Jack from the start as everyone around them seems desperate to think the worst of Jack and their relationship, if not downright manipulating and actively hindering his attempts at self-improvement.
The magical realism aspect of this book appears toward the end of the book and Jack and those nearest to him are caught up in a siege/hostage situation which spins beyond the control of the authorities involved. This book is a struggle against the odds relationship story, with a hint of magic thrown in as well as doubling as a cautionary tale to not judge people by what others have said, form your own opinions because you don't know where other people's have come from. I read this in one sitting and I would recommend it to those wanting to leave reality at the door and step into a slightly different world for a spell.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
In 1981, eleven-year-old Jill drags her young brother Jack through a London cemetery until they reach their mother's gravestone, where she tells Jack that nobody blames him.
But clearly, they do.
Whatever Jack's childhood crime, it seems to have left him with a strange curse: people around him only feel good about themselves when his life is out of control. Although Marion, his stunning girlfriend, is immune to this hex, even she can't halt Jack's decline into fluffy-bearded, drink-sodden dumpiness.
When Marion finally leaves him, Jack resolves to change to win her back, but every attempt he makes to improve himself is met with strong resistance by those around him, especially by his therapist.
Jack's quest to regain Marion intensifies from the simple target of reducing his beer-gut to remembering what happened on a dark, stormy afternoon in 1978.
|Publication date:||24th December 2019|
|Publisher:||Fantastic Books Publishing|
|Primary Genre||Family Drama|