Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

I’m THAT person who has yet to read a Fredrik novel…YES I admitted it. BUT, I have to say, this was the first novel to completely captivate me by just reading the description. So exciting!

Thank you to Atria Books for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: 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 hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix up their own marriage. There’s a wealthy banker who has been too busy making money 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 eighty-seven-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 a motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next. Humorous, compassionate, and wise, 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 of times. 

The story-line is unique, the characters were unique, the book was wonderful! It was such a refreshing read and a good break from any other genre. Honestly, this book really creates it’s own genre and it’s like none other! I can’t recommend this one enough. Go in blindly – don’t read any more reviews! Just take my word for it!

5/5 Stars

4 thoughts on “Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

  1. I feel it’s never too late to start a new author. Sometimes we just have to wait for the right moment. Also, if your tbr permits it, you must add A Man Called Ove to it – it’s my favorite book of his 😀

    ~ Corina |


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