Oct 132020

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Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
Release date: 09-08-20

Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunts down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage. There’s a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an 87-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.

Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them – the bank robber included – desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises, these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next.

Rich with Fredrik Backman’s “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope – the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.

This is a very kooky book. and I absolutely loved it! The characters are all dealing with personal issues and that was a big part of the book and a big part of what made it so interesting.

The story is about a robber who tries to rob a cashless bank. And then it gets weirder. When he finds out he’s not getting any money, he runs out of the bank and into an apartment building where he takes a group of people, who are viewing one of the apartments during an open house, hostage.  One couple is expecting a baby, another is an older married couple who flip houses. There is also a bank executive, an elderly widow, and a man who is only wearing the head of a rabbit costume and his underwear. The police who investigate the crime and interview the hostages are father and son, who are also dealing with their own issues.

I love every Backman book I’ve read, and I think this one may be my favorite. It kept me guessing who the robber was and every time I was wrong. When I finally found out who it was, I was shocked.

This is a very good book that makes you want to keep reading and makes you keep guessing. It had a little bit of everything, it was sad at times, funny, quirky, and had very interesting characters.

If you haven’t read this yet, you should give it a try. I loved it! I’d give it a 10*

 Posted by at 4:18 PM

  22 Responses to “Anxious People by Fredrik Backman”

  1. Wow! This does sound very appealing. Great review, Vicki!

  2. The book does sound good, I’ll have to see if the library has it. Nice review, Vicki.
    Enjoy your day and stay safe!

  3. “Kooky” is the perfect description. I loved it and wondered how the audio would be. Glad u liked it.

  4. You made this one sound really good and I had NO idea what it was about.

  5. 10 stars, eh?! I avoided reading too much about the plot (I like to go into my books a little cold), but it sounds like a winner. I loved A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry. He does quirky very well, doesn’t he?

  6. LOL, it was kooky 😀 I liked it too!

  7. In the minority here. I found it too kooky for me.

  8. This does sound like an entertaining read. I’ve only read Ove from Backman and while I liked a lot I did have some issues with it but I think this one might be a better fit.

  9. This sounds like a winner!!

  10. Me again, I went to check out the author and he wrote A Man Called Ove, which I loved.

  11. I almost bought this one the other day, but put it back on the shelf. It does sounds intriguing and the reviews have all been good.

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