Hello book dragons! I hope you all had a nice weekend and are ready for a new week, a first week of December!!! 🙂 Today on the blog I have a review for all of you, of the book that is very mysterious and pretty deceiving. And happy publication day!!! The hard cover books in the UK, have a very intriguing double-ended upside-down opening, that looks pretty cool. 🙂 On the publisher’s website, you can find an interview with M. Jonathan Lee, here is the LINK . Enjoy!
Thank You very much to the publisher – Hideway Fall for the review copy.
Genre: Contemporary Adult Fiction
Release date: 30 11 2020
Price*: Kindle £3.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £8.99 (GBP)
Kindle $5.30 (USD)/ Paperback $11.70 (USD)
Pages: ~ 384
My rating: It was OK.
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What I learned from this book: I learned about abusive fathers and how it influences children.
Description of the book: 337 follows the life of Samuel Darte whose mother vanished when he was in his teens.
It was his brother, Tom who found her wedding ring on the kitchen table along with the note. While their father pays the price of his mother s disappearance, Sam learns that his long-estranged Gramma is living out her last days in a nursing home nearby.
Keen to learn about what really happened that day and realising the importance of how little time there is, he visits her to finally get the truth. Soon it’ll be too late and the family secrets will be lost forever. Reduced to ashes. But in a story like this, nothing is as it seems.
How this book made me feel: From the blurb, it appears to be a very intriguing thriller, but in reality I think it is a contemporary novel, with a few flecks of mystery. 😦 And yes, it was not what I expected it to be…
The protagonist in this story is Samuel, a man who lives quite a sad life, in my opinion. He is divorced, lives alone in his parent’s house, and doesn’t have many things going on, to be honest. He had quite a difficult life though. His mother left, the father was rigid and abusive, and his brother left as soon as that was possible. Samuel reflects a lot in this novel. He tells his life story, including the life of his grandmother, who is about to die. I didn’t really like Sam, he seems quite miserable and pretty dull. 😦
The narrative is told from a single, Samuel’s, perspective. There are quite a lot of thoughts and personal experiences shared in this novel. I kept waiting for that investigation and surprises, but they didn’t really come. There were attempts to it, but the time spent in a care home with grandmother took most of the narrative. The topics discussed in this novel were mental and physical abuse, children’s mental health issues, loneliness, drugs and alcohol use, controlling fathers and many more.
The atmosphere of this book is quite depressing, it is divided between sad memories and a dying grandmother. 😦 The writing style is quite thought-provoking and detail-oriented, and I did like the story that Sam shared with the readers. I also really liked the short and snappy chapters, that made the reading experience more enjoyable. I liked the ending of this book as well, it was very satisfying to have some sort of closure, and I do hope that Sam finally can have something positive in his life. 🙂
So, to conclude, it was an interesting experience to read a book focused on a man’s mental health issues and his relationships to his quite estranged family members. Even though this novel felt dark and sad, I think that Samuel’s life has thought-provoking experiences. Do give this book a go, and I hope you will like it. It is quite different… 🙂
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: M. Jonathan Lee is a nationally shortlisted author and mental health campaigner. His first novel The Radio was shortlisted in the Novel Prize 2012. Since that time he has gone on to publish five further novels. 337 is his sixth novel. He is obsessed with stories with twists where nothing is exactly how it first appears. He was born in Yorkshire where he still lives to this day with his twins, James and Annabel.
Website: http://www.mjonathanlee.com / Twitter: @mjonathanlee
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