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Book Review – Four by Andy Jones

Four

Andy Jones

Hachette

RRP: $34.99

This novel is very clearly set up with the by-line “Two couples. One reckless night.”

The story follows a group of friends – a couple Sally and Al and their university friend Mike and his new partner Faye. As friends do, they decide to go away for a weekend to get to know each other and share some time together. They do that, but also end up sharing each other’s beds…and then the trouble begins.

The “weekend” as they begin to refer to it is, we discover, a spark in an already loaded power-keg and as the reader progresses we uncover a history whereby we understand how that one night serves to help (or hinder) them in untangling (or tangling) their lives.

Once you get over the awkward bit this is a really enjoyable read. It goes deep into relationships and the range of human emotions. There are moments when you’ll laugh out loud and others when you’ll sigh knowingly, nod in agreement, shed a tear.

Andy Jones is skilled in his craft. I devoured this novel over a short 30 or so hours (and that included 2 work days and a sleep!) but never felt like I was rushed, or rushing myself. Each sentence felt meaningful and purposeful – this was not a book I could skim over but also not one I felt I needed to analyse for hidden meaning, making it a very enjoyable read.

This is a book that might make some people cringe simply based on the ‘main event’, if you’re highly moral I suspect you may struggle to get over it and actually enjoy the story. But, I would encourage you to; this is a delightful novel with a good mix of solid themes and “lad lit” (or “dude lit”) to make it super readable and give you pause to think about some of the bigger questions in life.\

About the Author

In one form or another, Andy has always been a writer. At school, he passed notes in class and scribbled rude words on lampposts. At University, he wrote a PhD in biochemistry and forged tickets to various balls. And as an advertising copywriter, has written commercials for everything from baby food to booze. But it wasn’t until he was well into his thirties that Andy stared writing fiction. If he could write a letter his younger self, it would urge him to stop messing about and get on with it. FOUR is his fourth novel, but should probably be his tenth. Find Andy on Twitter and Instagram @andyjonesauthor, and Facebook /andyjonesauthor.

About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam
Esther Perriam is the General Manager at Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 10 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two small children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.

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