[631]: Twenty Questions for Gloria by Martyn Bedford


Twenty Questions for Gloria

by Martyn Bedford

Gloria is a 15-year-old girl suffering from an early onslaught of ennui from life. Her parents didn’t seem to care one way or another about her. And though they would protest otherwise, their actions speak to the contrary.  Some days, Gloria didn’t care. But lately, she’s been having a difficult time ignoring the resounding loneliness that echoed in the hallways of their home.

Then Uman showed up; a mysterious specimen of a boy. Tall, lanky, and handsome in an effeminate way. Intelligent with charisma that puts everyone in some sort of spell. It just so happens that he seemed to have taken an interest in her as well. For days he hounded her until he inexplicably lost interest. Arbitrarily, that’s when Gloria’s fascination with him grew, and their friendship took a new form. When Uman suggested leaving everything behind, Gloria didn’t even flinch. With a tent, a few quids, and a deck of cards to guide their way, Gloria and Uman embarked on a journey to free themselves from their shackles: Uman, to a tremulous past. And Gloria, to an unremarkable existence.

Twenty Questions for Gloria throws you into a shroud of secrets and mysteries right from the get-go. When Uman walked into the picture, my thoughts quickly veered towards paranormal persuasion because his charm and wit were unusual for his age. It doesn’t help that he can’t seem to say a single truth about himself, and has an uncanny ability to  persuade everyone around him to do his bidding. It was as if everyone was under a spell. But as you delve deeper into  the story, you’ll learn why he is what he is.

The storytelling followed the questions being asked by the detective inspector in charge of investigating the disappearance of Uman. There was some British colloquialism used but they barely impede the rhythm of the story. When Gloria came back (relatively in one piece), she knew that she’ll never be the same person she once was. Throughout the exposition, Gloria and her mother would face some home truths about each other and their family as a whole. While Uman was judged as the instigator in the beginning, some light would be shed as to just how much involvement Gloria contributed to the events that happened in days that they disappeared. Each question is answered in a form of revelation; exposing the parts of Gloria and Uman no one knew – not even themselves.

There are so many reasons why this book had me in its trance. Uman is a very charming character. He was fascinating in such a way that one would be fascinated by a sociopath. I also needed to know where he ended up, and how Gloria found her way back home. The life of a vagabond is full of strife. Even more so if you’re only 15.

  • This sounds like an interesting read Joy, good to see you enjoyed it.

  • You’ve described the whole ennui in life really well in this one Joy! Uman sounds a little creepy with how he influences everyone around him, and how he changes Gloria. It sounds really fascinating!

  • This one is new to me, love the eye-catching cover! You caught for attention with: “Twenty Questions for Gloria throws you into a shroud of secrets and mysteries right from the get-go.” Uman sounds very mysterious…hmmm 🙂

  • Awesome review Joy 😀 Yay for liking this book a lot. <3 Probably not for me, but oh, you make it sound pretty good 😀 Boy seems interesting. Thank you for sharing about this one 🙂 Hope you are doing good. <3

  • Wow, this book sounds like there is an awful lot of mystery veiled around it that develops the plot and affects what happens to Vanessa. Not sure about picking it up yet, but it does have intrigue.

  • shootingstarsmag

    Oh this sounds really interesting! I hadn’t heard about this one before.


  • Your review really intrigued me. I’m going to have to check this one out further!

  • This sounds amazing! The cover is also really neat looking.

  • Jazmen

    I just seen this book somewhere and I am so confused as to where, but it sounds like an amazing read. I’m definitely keeping this one in mind for when I start looking for new books, as if I need them. Nice review!

  • This sounds like a strangely interesting read. I’m really curious to learn more about Uman.

  • Why don’t I have this book? This type is all I can read of late, mysterious with heaping servings of the “humane” a la general fiction. And I love the Brit flavor, it spices up the usual American tone of books

  • kindlemom1

    Okay this definitely sounds captivating, I can see why you loved it so much. I love books with those weird twists in them like this. great review!

  • I haven’t seen this book around Joy, but it sounds incredible. I love those kind of adventure road trips characters take on the road to self discovery. Their relationship sounds awfully troubled though, so of course I need this book on my life. Brilliant review Joy, you’ve sucked me in yet again <3

  • I’m really curious about Uman now, Joy. I think I absolutely need to meet him. His charm is sure to throw me off too!
    Thanks for the rec, Joy! 🙂

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    Oh this sounds good Joy! I’m more than a little curious about what happened to these two when they disappeared and where Uman ended up. Thanks for putting this on my radar! I love finding books I never would have found on my own:)

  • I’ve never seen this book before yet it sounds like a good read. I’ll definitely keep this book in mind. Great review, Joy! 🙂

  • Hmmm, i wonder

  • Melliane

    This one sounds quite well done, first time I hear about it but why not?