February 9, 2022
I am excited to give you this book review of Anxious People by author Fredrik Bachman. I have not yet read a book by Bachman that I didn’t love.
I would not say that books by Fredrik Bachman are elementary–at all; but, I will say that they are easy and quick reads. If you would like to read a ‘feel good’ book that will hold your attention and not require a ton from you, besides sitting back and being entertained, Bachman books are for you.
And, all I mean by that is that I have read books that require me to go back and reread previous paragraphs or chapters because there are so many convoluted characters and storylines that I lose track of who is doing what, saying what, etc.
Bachman is a master at character building and dialogue and plot within a simple and unadulterated storyline.
Anxious People follows a group of people taken prisoner by a “would-be” bank robber in an apartment they had visited during a real estate open house. The inside flap of the book cover reads, “A poignant , charming novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined”.
Bachman has–without fail–had me crying in each of his books, so far. He has a gift of creating such admiration and care for his characters. I have felt like they were some of my dear friends by the end of each novel. I formed compassion and understanding for each and every character (another of his gifts) and the struggles that they each endure.
I, honestly, cannot give this book enough stars! And, there is a fun twist to the story in the end that will, definitely, have you thinking about how you process information and your biases.
Get this book! You will be forever grateful.
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