Thursday, 26 May 2016

TODAY by Andrew Webber - a review

The Blurb
How would you live today if you knew there was no tomorrow?

Today is a story of the struggles of modern life, society's obsession with planning for the future, and the lack of control we have over the hand fate deals us.

Follow the lives of three ordinary people as one tragic day unfolds that changes everything:

Country girl Laura, struggling to cope with her move to London. Frugal John, desperately saving to get on the property ladder and womaniser Charlie, racing through as many conquests as he can.

Today will make you question how you live your own life and whether you put off your own happiness in exchange for a future we may never have.

The Review
TODAY is a novella set in modern day London, telling the story of three young people trying to make their way in the capital.

First, we have John. John lives in a grotty little room in a grotty little shared house, his every waking thought driven by the desire to one day have a place of his own.

Laura lives far away from her family, and spends all her time working in a job where she feels undervalued, overlooked, yet expected to work herself into the ground. And she does.

And then there is Charlie - whose only desire is, well, himself. Charlie's occupation is babe-magnet, lover extraordinaire, a modern day Casanova in fake tan and too-tight T-shirts. Charlie has no thought, or feeling, for anyone but the face staring back it him in the mirror.

All three of these characters are introduced one by one, Webber carefully grounding the reader in the insular world of each before moving onto the next, with prose that is fluid and imaginative. The repressive, almost nihilistic, nature of the characters' life choices becomes clearer and clearer with each turn of the page, until the lives of all three suddenly and violently collide in a simply devastating scene.

TODAY is a cracking tale of contemporary life in the unforgiving city that is modern day London. It is a novella that is both disturbing and thought-provoking in equal measure.

Highly recommended.

TODAY is available from Amazon UK here and from Amazon US  here

  

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