[553]: I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers

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I Saw a Man / Owen Sheers


Every time I tackle a literary fiction, I’m thrust into an unfamiliar world where no one does the expected. It’s surreal, and yet it’s as real as it can get. The people behave the way you don’t expect them to. The stories more often leave me reeling, and yet, it’s exactly how it happens in the real world. This book in particular, had me questioning if I would’ve done exactly what they did had I been in their situation.

The novel started unassumingly enough. Michael walked into his neighbour’s house with the intention of picking up a screw driver that he lent to Josh. The doors were unlocked, which surprised him considering the house seemed to be empty of its inhabitants. During the course of his search for the screwdriver, the narrator tells the sequence of events that forever linked Michael’s life to the Nelsons’. With it, is the story of how his wife was killed, and the man responsible for her death. The novel is like a jigsaw puzzle. A mystery told sparingly, but with a tension you can cut through with a knife. The suspense is frustrating; infuriating, even. The novel take its time to reveal its true colours. The summary doesn’t offer much, but the brilliance of this novel was the painstakingly slow reveal of every thing that makes it so addictive. It is that tension that persists throughout the majority of the book. But just when Sheers decided the readers have had enough, he forces us to see exactly how cruel “if only” scenarios could be. A pointless exercise that only lend to more frustration to the reader.

This novel is a close examination of  guilt and grief. A potent, debilitating combination for the weak.  Josh and Michael share a secret that if revealed, could very well ruin the lives of all the people involved. In this case, the novel looks at who most benefits a confession. Will the truth really set anyone free?  Or would it just be another form of prison sentence for the guilty party? In the end, both Josh and Michael will be left with very little choice but to own their  shares of the blame. Which is oddly satisfying for a non-resolution ending.


GOODREADS SUMMARY | Bond Street Books | June 9th, 2015 Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


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On the Night Table [21]: Back to the Grind

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Happy Monday!

I’m hoping this week will be better than the last. Like I mentioned yesterday, I only read one book. Thankfully,  The Witch Hunter was enjoyable enough. I really want jump start my reading mojo again; so this week, I’m tackling a couple of books from Ernest Cline, and one from a well-seasoned author – which I, unfortunately, knew very little of – Owen Sheers.

I’m in the middle of Ready Player One, which is as excellent as everyone said it would be and beyond everything I’d ever expected. I didn’t think I would enjoy this as much as have been. Considering it is a bit of a Sci-Fi.  The setting is an Utopian world that predominantly runs on virtual reality, and we all know my brain doesn’t really work well when I have to imagine something as futuristic. The actual world itself is a wasteland, with the people dependent on  food vouchers. In other words, war, famine, chaos. You know, all the good stuff. 🙂

I probably shared this misconception with a lot of readers, but I was under the impression that Armada is the sequel to Ready Player One. I was wrong. It could be set in the same world, but don’t quote me on that.

I Saw a Man has been on my reading queue for a couple of weeks now. I thought I’d try to tick it off my TBR list this week. It’s a short novel, but I think I’m in for a rough, emotional ride. I’m oddly looking forward to reading this.

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I’m looking for some good New Adult recommendations, guys. Give me something good!

What are you reading this week?
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