Something To Live For by Richard Roper

Book Review

Book Description:

Sometimes you have to risk everything to find your something…

All Andrew wants is to be normal. He has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people.

The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and his little white lie is about to catch up with him.

Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.

My Thoughts

A really lovely heartfelt, funny and endearing read.

Andrew works for his local council and has done for some years.  He deals with the deaths of people that do not appear to have any next of kin.  When a body is found, and sometimes this can be some time after their death, the council are notified and Andrew goes round to their home trying to find evidence and details of someone whom he can contact.  If there isn’t anyone he arranges for their funeral which is then paid for by either some form of cash found at the deceased home or by the council.

A seemingly macabre job to put into a novel but a very interesting one and one that the  author makes into a very funny and touching story line.

Even though the bodies have been taken away by the time Andrew arrives at the homes the smell can often be unbearable and Andrew has personalised his ‘kit’ that he wears to deal with this.  Sometimes the flats and houses are clean and cared for but more often than not they are in a mess, dirty and cluttered and it is Andrew job to hunt amongst it all trying to find notes of a next of kin.

In work Andrew tries to keep himself to himself.  Due to a misunderstanding at his interview everyone believes Andrew is happily married with 2 kids, this however is far from the truth and we hear how he has managed to not only keep this lie going over the years but the lengths he has had to go to.  When one day his boss, a great character, comes up with another team building idea it throws Andrew into a panic! Plus with the arrival of a new work colleague Peggy, who throws Andrew completely off his tracks (pardon the pun) we read a marvellously touching and laugh out loud funny story of a really likeable and real character.

I really enjoyed this book.  It is both a very heartfelt and touching story of loneliness and loss but also a wonderfully witty and uplifting one full of friendship and people just trying to get along.  I laughed out loud many a time, which I don’t often do with books and the characters were so likeable and Andrews one liners so perfect it was a joy to read.

I felt the way in which the author describes the job and office life back at the council was done in a very believable way and a very realistic one too.  Andrew’s online friendships with his fellow model train enthusiasts are lovely and the complicated relationship he form with Peggy delightful.  I highly recommend this book and would encourage you all to read it.

Something To Live For is out now!!

Thank you to the publishers for a preview copy of this book via NetGalley.

 

 

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