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The Mirror World of Melody Black – Gavin Extence

Blurb: 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.

Dark, witty and painful, Gavin Extence’s follow up to the word-of-mouth hit, THE UNIVERSE VERSUS ALEX WOODS, will stir up strong emotions as readers follow its heroine as she spirals into depression.

The perfect follow up to THE UNIVERSE VERSUS ALEX WOODS, this is a sensitive and astonishingly witty account of a woman’s descent into mental illness. The protagonist, Abby, is a very different but equally likely and endearing hero as Alex Woods.

My Review: Firstly I have to explain that Alex Woods is one of my favourite books so I was so excited about reading the latest book by this author. This story describes the downward spiral of depression and mental illness in a very honest and deep way. The characters are all fascinating and I personally would love to read more about Miranda Frost (she deserves her own book). A thought provoking story and once you have finished it and read the authors notes it becomes even more poignant

About the Author: Gavin Extence was born in 1982 and grew up in the interestingly named village of Swineshead, Lincolnshire. From the ages of 5-11, he enjoyed a brief but illustrious career as a chess player, winning numerous national championships and travelling to Moscow and St Petersburg to pit his wits against the finest young minds in Russia. He won only one game.

Genre – Contemporary – Read January 2016

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