[Book Review] Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

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By Fredrik Backman

One doesn’t expect going to an open house to view an apartment is going to be a life-changing event. But, for six prospective home buyers, it became just that when a would-be bank robber takes them hostage. Add a mystery man in the bathroom, a real estate agent, and a father-son police duo who have very different ideas of how to do things and you have a recipe for a wonderfully entertaining novel about human relationships, love, loss, and hope. And there’s a thing about a bridge and a psychologist in there somewhere too.

Backman had me laughing within the first few lines of this story and I was hooked. The story brilliantly incorporates a wide range of emotions while exploring the human condition and interpersonal relationships. All within a witty dialogue and delightfully dry sarcasm. I also thoroughly enjoyed the stream of consciousness style of the writing. This is a book that would make for an amazing ensemble cast in a film or series. I found it easy to connect with each of the characters and empathize with their individual stories.

A perfect weekend binge read. This one will give you the feels from beginning to end.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

More About This Author

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove (soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks), My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, as well as two novellas, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime, and the nonfiction collection Things My Son Needs to Know About the World. His next novel, Anxious People, will be published in September in the US and Canada. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Connect with him on Twitter @BackmanLand or on Instagram @BackmanSK.

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