Wednesday, 16 March 2016
The Mirror World of Melody Black by Gavin Extence
Today, it's my turn on the final day of The Mirror World of Melody Black Blog Tour and I'm delighted that I was asked to participate with some great Book Bloggers over the past week so a HUGE thanks to Ruby Mitchell from Hodder & Stoughton, I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review........
Meet freelance journalist Abby who is in her mid-twenties and lives with her boyfriend Beck. Abby needs to borrow a tin of tomatoes from her neighbour Simon and when she knocks there's no answer so Abby lets herself in where she discovers his body, she rings the ambulance and when the paramedics take him away she returns to her apartment as though nothing happened but in the coming days her life begins to spiral out of control and depression sets in and her mental stability goes completely out of control as she feels that if she hadn't have gone near Simon's flat and had a normal Wednesday night then none of what happened next would have happened and she would never have met Melody Black.........
I really liked this book, Gavin has taken a very personal issue and exposes it in order to try help others to understand the effects it can cause. It was hard to warm to Abby by the way her character and mannerisms were towards certain characters within the story but I also felt empathy towards her too as she was spiraling into depression. I'm sure we've all either experienced or known someone we know who's had depression/bi-polar and to me reading this was very real and certain things that Abby does in the novel I've experienced and witnessed it been done. There is also some humour and lighthearted parts thrown into the mix which work well too. Mental health shouldn't have a stigma attached to it and more people shouldn't feel afraid or like a burden if they talk to someone about the way they're feeling and I feel that it was very well researched so thank you for writing this book, Gavin.
This is Gavin Extence's 2nd novel, the first been The Universe Versus Alex Woods which I haven't got around to reading yet but I will, one day.
The Mirror World of Melody Black is available on Kindle and in all good bookstores and is currently £3.99 on Kindle at the time of publication of this review.