This book provides an excellently well observed insight into schizophrenia and what it is like to live with a mental illness. The characters are flaweThis book provides an excellently well observed insight into schizophrenia and what it is like to live with a mental illness. The characters are flawed yet deeply sympathetic and I closed the book feeling that I would really miss hanging out with Matt (the book's narrator).
As a mental health professional myself, it was clear to see that the author had also worked in the sector and it was refreshing to be confronted with the self-deprecating elements when Matt is repeating the constant questions that we ask patients. We work to help people but how often do we think about how many times in a month, a week, a day, that one client has been asked the same questions by different professionals? It made me really think about my own practice.
But you don't need to work in mental health to enjoy this book, it reads quickly, almost a little too quickly as it is so enjoyable. Matt's world is painted in a really vivid way that draws you in and makes you want to stay with him, having his world described to you. It's set in Bristol and if you know the city, it certainly adds to the visual images but again, it is so well described that having been here is not necessary.
Unlike so many stories featuring characters with mental illness, this book does not follow a tragically inevitable downwards trajectory. We get to experience the ups and downs of mental illness in a realistic way that, without ruining the end, does not always end in a dramatic tragedy. The tension is provided by the death of Matt's brother, who we are told about right at the beginning of the book but don't find out what happens to him until much further in. It's refreshing that the story neither starts nor ends with the life changing event, events don't exist in isolation and Filer explores both the run up and the fall out in this book.
I really look forward to reading anything else he publishes. ...more
This is easy reading and engaging. Living near Bath and having worked there for years, it is nice reading something that depicts the places you know iThis is easy reading and engaging. Living near Bath and having worked there for years, it is nice reading something that depicts the places you know in a slightly different light. One of the story arches is resolved in this book but there are others left open for future novels. I will be ordering the next one. ...more
I read this, well actually it was read to me as an audio book, for my book club. I didn't love it. I am not a fan of crime fiction in general so it isI read this, well actually it was read to me as an audio book, for my book club. I didn't love it. I am not a fan of crime fiction in general so it is no surprise to me that I lost interest half way through. I didn't find the pay off at the end to be worth trudging through the whole book. If you like the genre and have read all the other Rebus books then I am sure it is perfectly finely crafted book. But it wasn't for me and I won't be reading any others. ...more