Boarding House Reach by Peter Crawley, a review

41LnOw4ow3L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Boarding House Reach is set in England and is told from the points of view of several people, none of whom know each other. As the story unfolds each person is dealing with a problem. Phoebe is dealing with being kicked out of Cambridge for plagiarism. Stella is dealing with England’s equivalent of the IRS wanting to know how she came up with the monies for extensive repairs to her boarding house, The Reach. Audrey is wanting a nice vacation to deal with her two-timing husband’s death and reclaim her past love. Phillip is wondering how he can improve his shaky marriage.

All these people stumble and fail again and again trying to come to terms with, or to deal with, or to avoid their troubles. The author ties these story lines together so well that it happens seamlessly. The boarding house reach the author manages with the characters is well done, as he moves and maneuvers them into place. Though by the fiery end the reader is turning pages very fast in hopes that at least someone will get what they wish for. And someone does. And someone dies. And to tell anything else would be to ruin it for you, the next reader.

I received this book from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.


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