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Friday, 6 February 2015

REVIEW: The Mirror World of Melody Black - Gavin Extence

Friday, 6 February 2015
GENRE: YA/Adult Crossover
PAGES: 304
FORMAT: Hardback
BUY IT: Waterstones
RATING: 4 Stars

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.

This is one the most interesting books I've read in a long time. It really lifts the lid on those with mental health issues, and it also shows how it affects those around them too. Abby is a fascinating character, the journey she goes on kept me hooked right from the outset and seeing her go through ups and downs felt honest and believable. The acknowledgements gave insight into the authors own past which have helped to shape this book, and I think it's this that makes it such a wonderful book - it doesn't feel like someone writing about mental health just so they can write about an "issue", but because it has genuinely been a part of their life. I'd recommend this to people who like Silver Linings Playbook and The Rosie Project, but also anyone who just likes a great story that's well written!

- Gem.

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