Barney NorrisOne quiet evening in Salisbury, the peace is shattered by a serious car crash. At that moment, five lives collide – a flower seller, a schoolboy, an army wife, a security guard, a widower – all facing their own personal disasters. As one of those lives hangs in the balance, the stories of all five unwind, drawn together by connection and coincidence into a web of experiences that perfectly represents the joys and tragedies of small town life.

This is a wonderful debut novel with dramatic writing in parts that will take your breath away. Reading this I felt the same way as I did when I finished The Shock of The Fall by Nathan Filer, bereft and wanting more. Barney Norris develops the different characters very well giving each a distinctive voice, some of love and some you cannot feel for at all. I loved Sam, his description of what it was like to be a teenage in love, how he relates to his Dad and you feel the pain in their relationship.

Published on 21st April this will be a novel to watch. Expect to see it on the Costa New Novel Shortlist – if not that will be a crime (only in my opinion of course)

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