Happy bank holiday weekend! Do you have plans for the day? I’m going to hit the supermarket later and some more reading and writing, maybe even a movie. Now talking about the supermarket, the lovely people at Simon & Schuster sent me a copy of SUPERMARKET by Bobby Hall and I knew I had to read it from the moment I’ve read the blurb.
Genre: Adult Fiction
Year Of Publication: March 26th 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
My rating: 4 stars
Flynn is a depressed artist who recently went through a horrible break-up with the girl of his dreams and now started working in a supermarket to find inspiration for his book. Throw in a crime scene, interesting co-workers and weird things happening, and you have Supermarket, an incredible down-the-rabbid-hole, mind-altering and reality-bending novel!
“So this is how it feels to take a man’s life. Forced to kill for one’s survival.”
I do not think that I can put into words exactly what SUPERMARKET did to me because of the way it was written, where the twist and turns and altered reality messes with your brain. I liked Flynn as the main character, he was interesting, engaging and could see him as a real human being. There were moments when I was a little frustrated on his behalf and therefore frustrated at him, however, it made sense in the end because he didn’t have the tools to manage certain situations. Frank on the other side, was annoying, obnoxious and everything that I hate in a person – and it was meant to be so.
I appreciated the conversation it starts in regards to mental health and the implications of stress and certain events that can have a traumatic impact on an individual. If you’ve read it, you’ll know what I am talking about. I also felt that it all came from a place of knowing, raw and intense. The acknowledgements section – do no skip these ever! – is enlightening in regards to why this novel came to be.
The writing was actually really good I was surprised to find myself sucked into the vivid world of the SUPERMARKET and the altered reality. Not sure if it is just me, but I found some of the twists and revelations predictable just before I should’ve been wowed. I am also not sure if this is a difference between US and UK mental health institutions, but I had a lot of issues on how that was depicted as I have experience in working in mental health settings and that’s not how it works, at least in the UK.
Have you read it? What did you think? Comment down below!