Book Review

ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Fredrik Backman

Rating: 5 / 5

I have become a huge fan of Fredrik Backman so I immediately added ANXIOUS PEOPLE to my TBR when it was announced. Still, somehow, I never got the opportunity to pick it up. When a friend announced that she was doing a BOTM backlist readathon in April, I put this one at the top of my list!

ANXIOUS PEOPLE brings an eclectic group of strangers together in an unusual situation. During an open house, a failed bank robber shows up and takes everyone present hostage. The identity of the robber is not known to the author and the story is told in alternating POVs between those in the room and the police outside trying to handle the situation. Everyone has a past full of hurts and anxieties that slowly are revealed as the day unfolds.

There is something about Fredrik Backman’s writing that just sucks me in and this book was no different. I immediately fell into the story, wanting to know what happened and more about all of the individuals involved. Backman has the ability to develop strong and unique characters. He blends humor with truly heart tugging moments. He also managed to throw in some twists that I didn’t expect.

I am SO glad I was handed the perfect excuse to bump this book up my TBR for April. I read it partially in print and partially on audio and did enjoy both. Marin Ireland is a fantastic narrator and did well at keeping the different characters distinct. It wound up being my top read in a month with a few very solid contenders! If you haven’t had the opportunity to read this one, I would highly recommend it!

Reading Challenges:

#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a locked room mystery

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