Ostensibly, this is a story about a bank robbery gone bad, resulting in a hostage situation in an apartment showing across the street from the bank. It is even authenticated by the presence of a gun, a police interrogation, and even hostage negotiators on the way. However, what we gradually come to learn is that the real story is in the details of how each of the characters were brought together by an uncanny coincidence of fate to the hostage situation. As we learn their stories, we become held ourselves, invested in seeing each of them resolve their own personal crises.
Few are able to captivate their readers in the way that Fredrik Backman is. His warmth and his humor permeate his writing, and he has a magical way of creating characters that are deeply human, layered and vulnerable. He also constructs a tale that is utterly engaging. What starts as a seemingly simple story winds its way into a much more complex drama, twisting with surprises that come when you least expect them, and occasionally unmasking our inherent biases and beliefs.
I am reluctant to say more, as I don’t want to give any of it away. Suffice it to say that reading this will be a wonderful gift to yourself – it is a gem with perfect writing, beautiful characters, and a plot that will hold you and keep you smiling until the very last word.
A DEFINITE MUST READ!!