#BookReview: Supermarket by Bobby Hall | @SimonBooks @Logic301

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
Pages: 228
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.”

PSX_20190420_104019.jpgI 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.

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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!

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The shock of the fall – Nathan Filler

I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’

The story is written from the point of view of 19-years-old Matthew who recalls the tragic holiday when he was 9 years old when his older brother Simon died. He writes the story from a psychiatric ward where he is a patient. Very quickly he draws me into his loneliness, his mother’s insane behaviour and his drug addiction in the later years.

His voice is sincere and genuine, Nathan depicting the decay of a mind that cannot be healed, a mind that’s broken in schizophrenia. I am impressed with the way the plot was handled and even if I knew what happened, I wanted to know why and how. Brilliantly engaged with all the little stories and drawings that Matthew offered and unforgettable peripheral characters like his own mentally ill mother consumed by grief and suicidal thoughts, his friend Jack and Simon himself who’s always present in his hallucinations.

This is a story incredibly real and painful… a story of an innocent boy who cannot understand the death of his older brother.

I loved this book and you will love it too.

BUY HEREThe Shock of the Fall