Reading: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Oh, what a fun ride. I usually see the plot twists coming, but this one managed to surprise me. Unreliable witnesses and narrators make this an excellent ride.

Reading History

First Read: March 30, 2021 - April 1, 2022
Reading Counter: 1
Rating: 5 - Amazing.

Summary & Thoughts

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

I had to drive into town for an appointment and decided to take this book along for the ride. I knew nothing about this book except that it was supposed to be funny.

It took me little time to get into the story, but I was hooked by chapter four and couldn't stop listening to this well-crafted story.

A bank robber robs a bank (which turns out to be a cashless bank) and then flees into a neighboring building, where the perpetrator accidentally take hostages.

After reading this, I'm very tempted to pick up the German copy, as I can't imagine how they would have translated this without destroying the main plot twist. This book requires reading in a gender-neutral language, I believe.

Initially, it seems like they are all strangers, but there are interesting connections between the characters that get exposed little by little. You get to learn their backstory and why they have made the mistakes they have made. The ending is similarly intertwined and just leaves you smiling. I really don't want to say more, as even this feels like far too much spoiler for this book.

But hell, I didn't see this one coming, which is a rare treat!

Kate Hildenbrand

Kate Hildenbrand

Kate Hildenbrand is the writer behind the essays here, author of fiction novels, the creator of the Kate Hildenbrand podcast, and a student of marine ecology. At least, that's her on the surface.
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