She finds them on benches. The broken ones, the lonely ones, the ones who don’t know they’re broken. She tries to mend them and although she isn’t always successful, sometimes she is and that’s enough. Most of the time.
When Gavin meets Jackie on a bench in the local park, he thinks she’s a stranger. She knows better. She’s connected to him in ways he can’t yet imagine.
She swore she wouldn’t do this again but it’s real this time. So real, she might do something reckless and tell him everything.
He’ll understand. It wasn’t her fault, not really. Perhaps he’ll forgive her, even if she can never forgive herself.
Compulsively readable like a thriller and beautifully written like a Sally Rooney novel, this is a story I won’t soon forget. Heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time, this book is certainly going places!
Awais Khan, Author of In The Company of Strangers, No Honour
I was deeply moved by this beautifully told story of love, forgiveness, and finding your way. The characters really shone and I couldn’t stop turning the pages.
Laura Pearson, Author of Missing Pieces, Nobody’s Wife, I Wanted You To Know
Praise for Nigel Jay Cooper
Semi-finalist, Best Debut Author, Goodreads Choice Awards. Finalist, The People’s Book Prize for Fiction. Longlisted, The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize. Call in nomination, The Booker Prize.
An author with a truly compelling insight into the human condition.
Siobhan Kennedy, Channel 4 News
Cooper has a rare knack for presenting flawed characters in a way that makes the reader care about them.
Love Reading UK
A new voice. Fresh and different.