Reclusive old Mr. G.L. Solomon’s favorite things are single malt whiskey, Steve McQueen movies, and gingersnap cookies. He hates processed cheese, washing detergent commercials, and the way the teacup rattles in the saucer when he picks it up. Solomon has become accustomed to his lonely routine in Sydney, Australia-until the day he begins sporadically receiving letters in his mailbox from a complete stranger. On the other side of the world, Anouk is a mentally delicate young woman living in New York who insists she is being stalked by a fat woman in a pink tracksuit. When Anouk declares to Solomon that she is writing “from the Other Side,” the old man breaks away from his daily grind of watching soap operas and reading Fishing World and travels to New York to find her. As he is drawn into Anouk’s surreal world of stalkers and storytelling, marbles and cats, purgatory and Plato, Solomon has but one goal-to unravel the mystery before it is too late. (Taken from Goodreads)
This is a book that is so enjoyable, that it can easily be read in one sitting. I could not place this book into a single genre, it is a bit of paranormal and fantasy without ever fully setting foot into one of those camps.
I loved the cover, it is like you are stepping into the characters world without opening the book yet. As the book suggests the lives of the characters interact through letters and this brings a touch of humanity to the novel I feel.
Both the characters were very likeable. Anouk seemed a bit crazy at times and was very unpredictable. Whereas G.L. Solomon life up till he started to receive letters for Anouk was very predictable. The reader is also provided with a couple of chapters that sum up the weeks that go past without letters between the two characters.
I had not idea throughout this novel what was going to happen next and got surprise after surprise, every time I turned the pages.
Overall a fantastic novel that deserves great recognition.
A copy of this novel was received for free from the author and all opinions expressed are my own through reading it.
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