After witnessing a fatal car accident, a homeless man wanders the streets of Brighton, trying to ignore the new, incessant voice inside his head. But he can’t forget the crash, can’t get the face of the woman cradling her dying husband out of his mind. She stared into his eyes, his soul. He has to find her.
Is Dan ill or has he really been possessed by the spirit of Natalie’s dead husband, Joe? If he hasn’t, why does she let him into her home so easily? Does she have secrets of her own? The Pursuit of Ordinary is a twisting tale of modern life and mental health where nothing is what it seems…
Following the success of debut novel Beat the Rain, Roundfire introduces the second book from bestselling author Nigel Jay Cooper.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Have you ever heard your inner voice nagging you when you know there is something important to do? It does drive you mad but Dan wasn’t hearing his own voice, he could hear the voice of a man that he saw killed in a road accident and now it wouldn’t leave him alone. Chris, the voice, wanted to talk to his wife and tell her he was still here trapped inside this man. It wore Dan down and finally he went to see Natalie who after only a minute invited Dan, who had been living rough on the streets, into her home and her life.
This is truly a fascinating story where there seemed only one logical solution to take. Dan was homeless and a vessel of Chris and so Natalie offers her place for him to stay. The strangest relationship between this ‘threesome’ begins to develop. I am afraid the rest of the story you will have to read.
The author Nigel Jay Cooper tells this story through these three main characters with small appearances of minor roles of family. It keeps the story compact and intense dipping back into all of their past lives where there were secrets. I really liked how the bits of information was fed to me. I was at times shocked but loved the sweet and sour sensations that kept changing my feelings towards the characters. It really is very unpredictable with a super ending.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nigel was born in London and now lives in Brighton (via Nottingham) with his partner, their two children and greying ginger dog.
Nigel’s second novel, The Pursuit of Ordinary, will be out in April 2018 and is available for pre-order now – it’s also currently available for request on NetGalley.
Nigel’s debut novel Beat The Rain was Roundfire’s bestselling title and a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee for Best Debut Author.