Fredrik Backman is one of my favourite authors so I was thrilled when NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada sent me an e-arc of Backman's most recent book, Anxious People.
After reading Beartown and Us Against You which I loved, it was nice to return to Backman’s funny stories and quirky characters. Like in A Man Called Ove, somehow he is able to have serious topics like suicide alongside humour.
Anxious People is about a bank robbery (sort of) that goes very wrong. Instead, it becomes a hostage situation (sort of) in an apartment building. The apartment is open for viewing and the people that have come to see the apartment become hostages (sort of).
The police involved have somehow lost the robber and are trying to understand exactly what happened. The narration goes between the police interviews after the situation and what happened in the apartment during the viewing and hostage situation.
The writing is impeccably, Backman. There’s a feel of a stream of consciousness to the narrative and the dialogue is superb, and often laugh out loud hilarious. The characters are quirky; some of them are a bit annoying, but in a good way. They are developed well and I like how the reader learns a little bit about them over time and how some of them are connected.
This is one of my favourites of Backman’s books so if you get a chance to read it I definitely recommend it.
Bookworm Rating: 🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛
Here is my author spotlight on Fredrik Backman: