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Book Review – Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan (William Heinemann) ISBN: 9781785151439

In the book shop where Lydia works, Joey, a lost and lonely regular, commits suicide. Lydia inherits all that is left in his scanty apartment.

When she flips through some of his books she finds little windows cut out of the pages. Soon, she realises they are clues left by Joey. As she is learning about his life, trying to understand the message from the books, her own past creeps up on her. When she was a little girl on a sleepover, the whole family was murdered. She was hiding under a sink. The murderer was never found.

This is a story of survival and resilience. Matthew Sullivan has written a page-turner debut novel that switches between past and present, filled with interesting characters: the charming Lydia, her beautiful boyfriend David who is an expert in dismantling VCRs, and Raj, the childhood school friend who suddenly reappears in her life.

Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore is perfect for the holidays.

Pauline Vijverberg