The Fathers, the Sons and the Anxious Ghost
by Jamie Adams
It’s my stop on the “The Fathers, the Sons and the Anxious Ghost” blog tour! Thanks very much to Love Books Tours and author Jamie Adams who have kindly provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Three guys in their thirties have something in common. Their children all go to the same school. One day a tragic event leads to them having to deal with a lurking aftermath which draws them into each other’s lives and causes them to rethink their attitudes to just about everything.
The children tell the second part of this story, ten years after the initial events. The dust seems to have settled until one of them uncovers information that throws everything back into chaos.
The third part… well that will have to wait.
“The Fathers, the Sons and the Anxious Ghost” is story about three men and their sons. Alex, Josh and Matt are the dads and Alfie, Sam and Max are the sons.
Having six male names to remember from page one was a little overwhelming at first but this is actually quite a common occurrence for me (see Liane Moriarty’s ‘The Last Anniversary’ for example!) and nothing a few notes on a post-it couldn’t solve! The author also provided a helpful, straight forward introduction to the names pre-chapter one too.
“Matt is married to Hannah, and they have a son named Max. Josh is a school teacher who is separated from his wife and has a son called Sam. Alex is married to Michelle. They have a boy and a girl, Alfie and Tess”
As the title implies, this story is told in three parts, the first being my favourite. The first part is focused on the dads, explaining how they know one another and the relationship between their sons. All three sons attend the same school and all are taking part in an assembly performance with their dad’s in the audience. Things don’t go to plan and the evening’s events are even more tragic than the mishap at the school. I don’t wish to spoil the story for you, but this becomes a quite a lot more serious than some playground name calling.
The second part of the book focuses on the sons, ten years after the event. The sons are now finishing school, driving and smoking like normal teenagers, but still affected by their past.
This is a quick read at only 104 pages, but there’s a lot packed into it. It was nice to read from a male perspective, which isn’t that common in the contemporary fiction books that I usually read.
I did have a few grumbles with the writing, but definitely not anything to spoil this read for me. In general, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for someone looking for a quick read with a good story.
Overall rating: Touching on themes of friendship, forgiveness and metal health, “The Fathers, the Sons and the Anxious Ghost” is a lovely little novella told from the perspective of six connected men.
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