Seeing Other People
Unfamiliar with author Mike Gayle, when I read the blurb for this novel I wasn't sure what to expect. Would it be a cheesy rom-com? A bizarre ghost story? A heart-wrenching family drama? Turns out it was a little bit of all of those and then some.
It took me a little while to get into the story, because while Joe was a compelling main character I found it difficult to come to terms with the ghost of his ex-girlfriend floundering about, which for me detracte ...more
I love reading Mike Gayle novels. The last one I read was Wish You Were Here, which I highly recommend.
Mike Gayle's new novel is told man's perspective. Seeing Other People is a brilliant novel that makes you hard to take your eyes off the page. Not a word is wasted on any page. There is an utter thrill of discovering what really happens to Joe Clarke.
Happy married, father of two Joe wakes up beside a young woman from his work. He is sure that he has been unfaithful to the ...more
But early on the reader is treated to a Christmas Carol type of story where the ghost of Joe's first girlfriend, a horrendous being who is haunting him and also showing that his life isn't what he th ...more
It's familiar Gayle territory - nice guy and nice woman have relationship troubles - but with ...more
It took longer and it was meant to be finished last year but the struggle I went through was one I regret buying this book. I have three words after I read it.
Plain. Dull. Predictable.
Firstly, the title isn't much of any connection that for the whole universe searching I can barely understand its meaning of it. Secondly, this has been done before many times that even any films that dealt with the subject of infidelity is a passing off of uninteresting story that even real life is happening to ma...more
The central concept of "it's not worth shagging the office intern when you've got a lovely wife at home no matter how busy your life and how neglected you might feel" is just not that interesting. Joe Clarke is likable, and I did care about him, but my concern never edged above "mild" on the concern-o-meter. This was not because I didn't care about his and Penny's marriage (I did), but ...more
Slightly "out-there" considering his usual style and I'm not sure the ghost aspect of the story was the right angle but the message and moral of the story was excellent in a sliding doors kind of way.
A definite summer page turner and if you like his other books you won't be disappointed (although its not up there with the to-do list or turning 30/40)
If anyone is thinking of checking out whether the grass is greener on the other side, I suggest you read this book. For anyone having gone through separation and divorce, you'll be able to identify with the story, for anyone who hasn't, you'll truly wish you never have to.
A great read with thankfully a 'happy ever after'.
Joe Clarke: gelukkig gehuwd met Penny. Vader van Rosie en Jack. Succesvol journalist, blakend van ambitie. Maar dan komt Bella als stagiaire op 'zijn redactie' werken. De goede intenties ten spijt, kan Joe aan de verleiding niet weerstaan en duikt hij met haar in de koffer. In één kl ...more
(view spoiler)[ A thirty-something basically mediocre dude/writer cheats on his wife with an intern (and the only other person to read his book besides his mother). Or so we're supposed to think until we realise (fairly quickly) that this is just a what-i ...more
Seeing Other People is about Joe, thirty - something journalist, and his family: wife Penny ...more
An amusing element is the ghost of a nasty ex-girlfriend, who is thoroughly mean-spirited. She goads him on, and it's not clear at all whether s ...more
Ever wished you could see how your life pans out as a result of a decision you haven't yet made or a choice not yet acted upon?
Joe Clarke is in that very position after waking up next to someone who isn't his wife.
The plot gives a fascinating insight into the potential consequences of one moment of weakness, but also the power of friendship and the tricks your mind can play on you under stress.
Although I usually love this author I didn't really ever get into this story .I didnt get the ghost part although the dream part of the book was good the jumping bit at the end didnt do it for me .I was tempted to give up half way but persevered...a bit disappointed.
I’ve piled through most of Mike’s novels and thoroughly enjoyed them all - this didn’t disappoint. The usual mix of dilemmas, feel good moments, tragedy (not too much of the later) PLUS a cooky diversion which plays out well.
I was also born in Birmingham — in my humble opinion the greatest city in the world with the nicest people too.
I used to live in London — a great city too. But a bit on the pricey side.
I also used to live in Manchester — another great city (although technically I lived in Salford which is next door but that’s sort of spli ...more