Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Published September 8, 2020
Hardcover, 352 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 5/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & Atria Books, I received an eARC)
This is a poignant comedy about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.
Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers slowly begin opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths.
As police surround the premises and television channels broadcast the hostage situation live, the tension mounts and even deeper secrets are slowly revealed. Before long, the robber must decide which is the more terrifying prospect: going out to face the police, or staying in the apartment with this group of impossible people.
Fredrik Backman is one of my all-time favorite author’s so I knew I had to request this one for review. I’m more than happy to say I was not disappointed in the least. Per usual Fredrik has set us up for a wonderful ride in this equally plot and character driven novel.
The characters in this book, like all of the author’s others had me falling in love immediately. I can’t even pick one favorite character, I love them all equally, quirks and all. The plot line of this one really brought it home for me though, it was such a strange scenario that was written perfectly in my opinion.
This was definitely my favorite Backman novel, I wish I could read it for the first time again. I was enthralled with the character’s and roller coaster ride we were taken on. I’m so thrilled I got the chance to read and review this book!