by Rachel Joyce
Summer, 1972: In the claustrophobic heat, eleven-year-old Byron and his friend begin 'Operation Perfect', a hapless mission to rescue Byron's mother from impending crisis.
Winter, present day: As frost creeps across the moor, Jim cleans tables in the local cafe, a solitary figure struggling with OCD.
His job is a relief from the rituals that govern his nights.
Little would seem to connect them except that two seconds can change everything. And if your world can be shattered in an instant, can time also put it right?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 27/02/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780552778107
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Review by rlangston
Not as good as Harold Fry, but an interesting story. Felt it needed a bit of polishing in places to pull strands together a bit more. Too many themes felt unexplored or explored in the wrong way eg Byron's friendship with James focussed on the mundane, and did not reflect the importance it subsequently had. Byron's parents were key characters but their role in the story did not reflect this.
Review by lizchris
I found this readable but disagree with many of the glowing reviews here. The two parallel stories became distracting for me. I felt we were being asked to work out how they connected to each other but that, ultimately, it wasn't that interesting a connection. One for the beach.