Friday 5 September 2014

Review: Seeing Other People by Mike Gayle

Seeing Other People by Mike Gayle
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release date: 28th August 2014
Rating: ****
Back cover blurb: 'With the exception of my lack of a hangover-how could I have drunk so much that I'd forgotten the whole night and didn't have so much as a headache? - it all made sense. After the best part of twenty years of faithfulness I'd done the one thing I'd never dreamed I'd do. I'd cheated on my wife.'
Seeing Other People was a book that had been on my 'to be read' list for some time now. I get a lot of my book recommendations these days from other bloggers, authors, publishing houses, publicists etc via Twitter. I'd had purposely saved it until after I had read Broadchurch and The Secret Place, as I wanted to get stuck into something completely different - I wasn't disappointed!
I love the way that Mike Gayle writes, he is honest and he is a realist. For most of us, life isn't perfect and Mike Gayle is not afraid to confirm this in his writing.
Seeing Other People centres around Joe Clarke, a married Father of two, who loves his wife to pieces, or so he thinks. Until he wakes up one morning in bed with the new office intern. He is sure that he was mugged whilst texting her the previous night, and he is sure that he told her they couldn't meet.
Yet there he is in her flat, without any injuries and still with his belongings.
Joe has no idea what's going on so he acts like everything is normal, creeps home to his wife and thinks nothing of it (or maybe tries to....) until he goes to the funeral of an ex-girlfriend. 
Weirdly after the funeral Joe thinks he sees his ex. But Joe doesn't believe in ghosts and once again wonders what on earth is going on?

Has he gone mad with guilt?

Should he therefore make a confession to Penny his wife, to save his own sanity?

Or should he just keep his mouth shut and hope his life goes back to normal?

You will need to grab a copy for yourself to find out, but Seeing Other People is one of the best books that I have read from a male perspective in quite some time.

Seeing Other People is available to buy from Amazon online and all good book shops.
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Thank you to the publishers, Hodder & Stoughton who approved my request via Bookbridgr in exchange for an honest review.

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