Delighted to welcome you all to the final day of the blog tour for The Last Act of Adam Campbell by Andy Jones. Thanks to Jenny at Hodder for the invitation to join and for the review copy.
Author : Andy Jones
Title : The Last Day of Adam Campbell
Pages : 360
Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date : April 29, 2021 (paperback)
| ABOUT THE BOOK |
A year can go quickly. Particularly when it’s your last.
Adam had a good life: a job he enjoyed, a nice house, a loving partner and a bright six-year-old daughter. Then he cheated on his partner. Then she kicked him out of their home. And then he was given approximately twelve months to live.
Despite the devastating news, Adam is determined to turn his life around before it finally runs out. Help comes in the form of an ex-junky, a cantankerous train driver, a nun experiencing a crisis of faith, and a teenager intent on losing her virginity – all living on borrowed time, all desperate to feel alive before their time is up.
| MY THOUGHTS |
Sometimes deciding to step out of your comfort zone and read something that’s far removed from your favourite genre leads to the discovery of a true gem. Being completely unfamiliar with Andy Jones, I had no idea what to expect from The Last Act of Adam Campbell. Except, based on the book description, possibly tears, or at the least a lump in my throat. And yes, that did happen but there was so much more than that.
Adam Campbell used to have it all. He loved his job, he had a nice home, a loving partner and a great six- year-old daughter. And then it all went to pot. It started when Adam cheated on his partner and she kicked him out of the house. Unfortunately things got even worse when Adam was given about a year to live. A year really isn’t very long, especially when it’s your last. So much to do, so little time left. Can Adam turn things around before his time runs out?
Adam and the reader are soon introduced to a delightful group of characters who are all living on borrowed time and trying to deal with their situation as best as they can. We meet Pat, a nun whose experiencing a crisis of faith; there is former junkie Tom and Laura, who is barely eighteen years old and really does not want to die a virgin. Not only are friendships formed, this group ends up having an actual mission, a goal to accomplish and something to still live for. There will be tears, laughter, cake and a whole lot of Shakespeare.
These characters will worm their way into your heart effortlessly and Andy Jones really takes the time for the reader to get to know each and every one of them. You just can’t help but love them all. My heart ached for them and I so desperately wanted things to be different for them. Their circumstances are incredibly realistic and believable and I felt like I was right there, going through it all right alongside them. The Last Act of Adam Campbell isn’t an easy read. It’s extremely emotional, at times heartbreaking and yet also heartwarming. I chuckled, I shed a tear and I wondered what I would do if I had just one year left.
This novel pulled me in from the very beginning. The utterly fabulous cast of characters and the absolutely beautiful writing captivated me and had me going through a whole range of emotions. You might be thinking it sounds awfully depressing but it actually really isn’t. It seems odd to say I enjoyed The Last Act of Adam Campbell considering the topic but I did and every minute I spent with these characters was a true delight.
I am so glad I was offered the opportunity to read The Last Act of Adam Campbell. It’s not the kind of novel I would have sought out on my own and I would have missed out on such a wonderful story. Now that Andy Jones is known to me, I’ll be sure to check out some of his other work.
The Last Act of Adam Campbell is available to buy!
| ABOUT THE AUTHOR |
Andy Jones lives in London with his wife and two little girls. During the day he works in an advertising agency; at weekends and horribly early in the mornings, he writes fiction.