Review: ‘The Mirror World of Melody Black’ by Gavin Extence

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 stars


Blurb: ‘It all starts, as these things sometimes do, with a dead man. He was a neighbour, not someone Abby knew well, but still, finding a body when you only came over to borrow a tin of tomatoes, that comes as a bit of a shock. At least, it should. And now she can’t shake the feeling that if she hadn’t gone into Simon’s flat, if she’d had her normal Wednesday night instead, then none of what happened next would have happened. And she would never have met Melody Black . . . Wild and witty, searing and true, THE MIRROR WORLD OF MELODY BLACK is about the fine line that separates normal from not – and how life can spin, very swiftly, out of control.’

When I finished ‘The Mirror World of Melody Black’ by Gavin Extence, I closed the book and just had to sit and think about Abby and her journey for a while. The story felt so intimate and the main character Abby is very relatable and witty. After finding her neighbour dead in his flat, Abby’s life begins to quickly spin out of control and through her eyes, we witness the effect bipolar has on her life and the life of her family. But we also witness her difficult road of trying to get better and of finding herself again. This book has been such an insight into living with mental illness and how even small things can affect you, that the story and the characters will definitely stay with me for a while!

Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for sending me this copy to review!

Published 10th March 2016 (Paperback)



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