I’m also on the blog tour for Something to Live For by Richard Roper….a fantastic, moving debut!
Sometimes you have to risk everything to find your something…
All Andrew wants is to be normal. He has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people.
The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and his little white lie is about to catch up with him.
Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.
Where to buy: Amazon UK
This was a brilliant, emotional, moving and thought-provoking read. We meet Andrew who works for the council dealing with death…..he goes round to people’s houses who have died alone to discover if they have a next of kin and if they they have funds to pay for their funeral. Most of the time they don’t have a next of kin and no-one to attend their funeral so he goes along…..
At work he gets on ok with his colleagues, has an over the top boss (who thinks he’s everyone’s mate) and he regularly updates them on his wife and kids at home….but his life isn’t really what he leads people to believe…..
Then a newbie starts, Peggy and her and Andrew strike up a friendship. She’s dealing with her own issues at home and they gradually grow closer. But nothing can happen because they’re both married…..or so Peggy thinks. But what will happen when his colleagues find out the truth about his life? Will he get the sack? And will Peggy stop talking to him? There’s only one way to find out……(read the book!)
This book gave me all the feels! You know there’s something going on with Andrew to start with but you don’t know the full extent which is spread out slowly across the book, making you want to keep reading! Andrew drew out every emotion in me – I felt sorry for him, he made me laugh, at times I just want to shout at him and tell him to sort himself out and then he finally made me really proud!
As well as Andrew there are some fantastic characters in this book. Cameron, Andrew’s boss is something else!! I would probably murder him if he were my boss!! The fact that he forces ‘Come Dine with Me’ style dinner parties on his team is hilarious and cringe worthy at the same time! I love Peggy, she’s a brilliant and strong woman and again, she made me have all sorts of emotions. One minute I was cheering for her, the next I felt let down. And Andrew’s train friends are all amazing and really make you think about friendship and how it truly means a lot.
I really wanted to learn what had happened in Andrew’s past….and we do eventually which also makes him realise that he actually has something to live for…..
There are times in the book where you can’t believe what’s happening and some proper cringe-worthy moments, but also moments that will get you thinking about life. Especially when you read about the people who have died with no-one around them to care or show up at their funeral. I found it a bit depressing at times, and sad that these things actually happen, but I think highlighting something like this is important – good on Richard.
Overall, I honestly loved this. The story was compelling and really thought-provoking and you definitely couldn’t guess what would happen next. A fantastic debut from Richard – I’m looking forward to reading more from him in the future.
about the author
Richard Roper was inspired by an article he read about the council workers who deal with situations when someone dies alone. Their days are spent sifting through the ephemera of those who’ve slipped through the cracks, searching for clues to a next of kin. Council workers are under no obligation to attend the funerals. Yet they do, sometimes dozens of them a year, just to make sure at least someone is there.
Richard Roper lives in London. SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR is his first novel.
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Thanks so much to Tracy for inviting me on to the tour, and to Richard and the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Let me know what you think if you’ve read this.
Have a great evening!