Blog Tour Review: All the Good Things by @claresitafisher @VikingBooksUK

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All the Good Things book review


What if you did a very bad thing... but that wasn't the end of the story

Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad she doesn't deserve ever to feel good again.
But her counsellor, Erika, won't give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life. So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1, to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays, to the very first time she sniffed her baby's head.
But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing.
What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone - even a 100% bad person - deserve a chance to be good?

All the Good Things is a story about redemption and hope for fans of Nathan Filer, Stephen Kelman and Emma Healey

Review


Wow. What an emotional read. I wasn't really prepared for this. All the Good Things is a short, one-sitting read but boy does it really pack an emotional punch! 

I'm one of those people who usually believes that right and wrong is pretty black and white. This is one of those books that really challenges that notion. I love a book that makes you look inward and question what it is you actually believe in. If you're in prison does that automatically make you a bad person? Does one mistake mean you should be labelled for the rest of your life?

Beth's story is told through her sessions with her therapist and I found this to be a really unique way of telling a story. It was new to me anyway and it was a really good way to engage the reader. The conversational style took a little bit of getting used to but in a way it added to the story. It grounds home the point that Beth is just a normal person who had to face heartbreaking circumstances.

The story switches between past and present which can sometimes make for a confusing read, but clare manages it in a masterful way. So don't let this put you off picking this book up.

The ending was slightly predictable but that didn't matter in the slightest. The most important part of All the Good Things is the journey we take throughout the book alongside Beth. The real draw here is feeling everything she felt and longing for thing to turn out OK. You'll smile when things are looking up and you'll cry every time things take a turn for the worst. This book really is a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Be prepared.

Clare Fisher has painted an authentic view of humanity in All the Good Things. It will challenge you. It will break you. Read it. 

Rating:

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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