Afternoon everyone. I can’t believe it’s the last day of November! This year has gone so quickly and I’m sure lots of you will be grateful to see the end of 2020! So what have I got for you today? Well, it’s publication day for 337 by M. Jonathan Lee, and I’ve got a review for you of this contemporary fiction novel with an unsolved mystery…..Happy Publication Day!
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.
Published by: Hideaway Fall on 30th November 2020
Formats available: Paperback & eBook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
I was lucky enough to get a wonderful special hardback edition of the book:
Please note the double-ended upside-down opening for this book is available in books ordered in hard copy from UK booksellers only
Samuel receives a call from his Dad telling him that his Gramma is dying, and though he hasn’t seen her for two decades, he feels the pressure to visit. But not only because she’s in her final days, but because he wants to see if he can shed anymore light on the disappearance of his Mum when he was a teenager. But will he learn anything new? And how will he cope seeing her after so long?
This contemporary novel has a slow, steady and gentle storyline. We meet Samuel later in life, but he takes us back through his memories of the days before and after his Mum’s disappearance, and how he’s ended up where he is in life. The mystery aspect of his Mum kept me wondering, would we find out what happened to her……?
Samuel meeting his Gramma again in her final days is very moving. The author describes in a real, but gentle way what it’s like to be faced with someone who is dying, and she really did remind me of my Nan as she was approaching the end of her life. It’s emotional but lovely to see him reconnect, not just for him, but for her as well.
The characters were all very believable and there was a couple of gentle twists in here that I didn’t expect. This isn’t the kind of book that will sweep you up and blow you away, but it did make me keep turning the pages to see what would happen in the story, and it’s because I really connected with Sam and his need for answers. The way his family has been broken over the years, and the things that happen towards the end will bring out many emotions.
So, overall a good book that kept me gently engaged until the end. It’s probably not one that I would read again, but it was a touching and thought provoking with some unexpected twists. If you’re looking for something easy to read with a good gentle storyline, an unsolved mystery, family connections and believable characters then make sure you check this out.
about m. jonathan lee
M Jonathan Lee is a nationally shortlisted author and mental health campaigner. His first novel The Radio was nationally shortlisted in the Novel Prize 2012. Since that time he has gone on to publish five further novels with ‘337’ being his sixth novel. Jonathan is a tireless campaigner for mental health awareness and writes his own column regularly for the Huffington Post. He has recently written for the Big Issue and spoken at length about his own personal struggle in the British national press on the BBC and Radio Talk Europe.
Endlessly fascinated by the human condition and what leads people to do the things they do to one another, Jonathan is obsessed with writing stories with twists where nothing is exactly how it first appears.
Where to find him online: Twitter
Thanks to the ladies at Love Books Tours for inviting me to take part in this, and to the author and publisher for my lovely copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
Have a wonderful week lovelies, and enjoy the last day of November!
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