Saturday, November 30, 2019

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper

Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Pages: 321 pages
Published: May 2019 

I ran across How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper when I was browsing my local B&N. I purchased another book that day, so I made note of this book to borrow from my local library. Many critics have compared Roper's debut novel to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and I can certainly see why. It has the same pace and ended with the same satisfying feeling.

This realistic fiction book centers around Andrew who lives a life of solitude. Five years ago while interviewing for his current job, the interviewer asks Andrew a question he wasn't quite prepared for and Andrew provides a made-up answer. From there one lie demands another until he's curated quite a fantasy. Five years into his tenure, Peggy comes on board as a co-worker Andrew must train. As he gets closer to Peggy, it's inevitable that the truth must come out. The result of all of this is a creatively written story of personal growth.

I really did enjoy following along this story's path of redemption. The triggering event is something that could easily happen to anyone who doesn't deal well with pressure or in social settings, but it also provides a nice lesson in the end that doesn't necessarily tie the story up neatly but does make it complete. I have thought about this book long after completing it - probably because I wonder if I will die alone one day - but also because the author is exceptionally talented. I can't wait to see what Roper writes next.

Recommendation This novel should definitely be on your TBR (to be read) list. It's a dark comedy with a meaningful message.

Until next time ... Read on!

Regardless of whether I purchase a book, borrow a book, or receive a book in exchange for review, my ultimate goal is to be honest, fair, and constructive. I hope you've found this review helpful.


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