Five words from the blurb: weird, life, people, faults, love
The First Bad Man is a very strange book! I have to give it credit for its originality, but unfortunately I could only stand its bizarre characters for a limited amount of time.
The plot focused on Cheryl, a forty-three-year-old single woman who has an odd outlook on life. At first I found her quirkiness amusing – I loved the initial scenes with the chromotherapist and was intrigued by the painfully awkward way she communicated with others. It was fascinating to read her thoughts and be able to see why her anxieties caused her to make bizarre life choices.
Unfortunately everything seemed to fall apart when Cheryl was forced to take in a teenage house-mate. The book lost its humour and become almost realistic. I wasn’t sure what to make of it at all!
The writing was excellent throughout and there were some wonderful passages:
The dialogue was also especially good – it’s just a shame that the brilliance wasn’t maintained throughout.
Overall, it’s probably worth reading this odd little book, but be prepared for it’s patchy nature.