Publication Date: September 8, 2020
Publisher: Atria Books
Dates Read: September 20-27, 2020
Format: eARC provided by publisher via NetGalley
This is a poignant comedy about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.
Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers slowly begin opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths.
As police surround the premises and television channels broadcast the hostage situation live, the tension mounts and even deeper secrets are slowly revealed. Before long, the robber must decide which is the more terrifying prospect: going out to face the police, or staying in the apartment with this group of impossible people.
I really enjoyed this book!
This is my first read from Fredrik Backman, and it will not be my last! This was such a poignant look into the human condition, and how flawed but good most people are. I loved every character. There was such heart at the center of this book, and I think that is what made me enjoy it the most.
The plot was also captivating though. Backman’s writing style is so unique, and I loved going along the journey of this story and watching the events unfold. It kept me guessing in the best way, and all the twists and turns along the way just kept me completely enthralled the entire book.
Overall, very well done and really excited to now dive into other Backman books from the past.
Special thanks to Atria Books, Fredrik Backman and NetGalley for the early copy in exchange only for my honest thoughts and review.